Below is the first part of an article by Eunice Lee from nj.com. It reads…
EAST ORANGE — A group of East Orange officers suing the city for unpaid overtime is now bringing the full weight of a class action lawsuit, an attorney representing several officers said today.
U.S. District Judge Dennis Cavanaugh ruled on Dec. 30 to grant conditional certification, which allows attorney Andrew Glenn to take collective action representing current and former East Orange officers alleging unpaid overtime. Glenn said the unpaid overtime is between $8 million to $15 million and dates back to Sept. 24, 2009.
Meanwhile, the number of cops joining the lawsuit has doubled to more than 50 officers, he said.
Glenn filed a motion in May on behalf of three lead plaintiffs — Stephen Rochester, Jermaine Wilkins and Raymond Donnerstag — seeking class action status. At the time, 21 officers had joined the lawsuit which was initially filed Sept. 24, 2012, in federal court in Newark.
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