BUENA NJ March 9 2017 -- A part-time police officer demands overtime back pay for not getting time-and-a-half from Buena Borough Police Department, according to a lawsuit.
Justin Seidel has been employed at Buena Borough since 2012 as a patrolman -- all the while working without union representation or a collective bargaining agreement, according to the lawsuit. When he started, he was paid $14.26 and hour. Five years later, his wage is at $15.14 an hour.
According to the lawsuit, Seidel frequently works over 40 hours a week, despite working part time, and has only been compensated for the overtime with his hourly wage instead of one and one-half times his hourly rate.
The suit was filed in federal court in Camden on March 3.
Seidel is still employed at Buena Borough Police Department, according to Solicitor Rick Tonetta. The borough has not yet been served with the lawsuit, as of Tuesday morning, Tonetta added.
"If there are any funds due to this officer, we are certainly going to make those payments," Tonetta said.
Seidel complained numerous times about the department's failure to pay him, including complaints to the borough's financial officer and his sergeant, but his concerns were not addressed, the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit demands unpaid overtime, damages, attorney's fees and other damages. It requests a trial by jury.