2 Virginia state troopers file lawsuit seeking overtime pay

RICHMOND, Va. — A lawsuit filed against the state of Virginia says two State Police troopers haven’t been paid for overtime dating back to the start of 2021.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that attorney Caleb Jones is representing troopers Thomas Wilson and Kevin Teter.

Jones said one of the officers hasn’t been paid for overtime earned while assisting U.S. Capitol Police after the January riot in Washington. He also said that while some overtime has been paid out, it’s sporadic and doesn’t reflect all the hours worked, breaching the troopers’ contracts.

The Virginia Police Benevolent Association, the union representing Virginia State Police troopers, said in a statement that it joined the attorneys to speak with state government officials on the payment issues. At least 27 officers are missing overtime pay, the association said.

“At this time, Virginia State Police Chapter members are still continuing to report missing overtime payments with every pay period that goes by,” the statement said.

A State Police spokeswoman said the agency cannot comment on pending litigation.

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