Nuclear security guards win settlement against employer

Nuclear security guards win settlement against employer

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Hundreds of nuclear security guards have settled a lawsuit against their former employer for more than $2.6 million. They say that's good news for them and for other workers in East Tennessee. Hundreds of nuclear security guards have settled a lawsuit against their former employer for more than $2.6 million. They say that's good news for them and for other workers in East Tennessee.
"I think it's fair," said Randy Lawson, president of the International Guards Union of America. "I think it's fair," said Randy Lawson, president of the International Guards Union of America.
By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - Hundreds of nuclear security guards have settled a lawsuit against their former employer for more than $2.6 million. They say that's good news for them and for other workers in East Tennessee.

This lawsuit was filed more than two years ago about overtime. The 358 guards say they were routinely not paid for some work they were required to do both before and after their shifts.

Their lawsuit against G4S, the world's largest security firm, was settled last week. After fees, that nets each plaintiff an average of more than $5,000 for unpaid overtime spanning three years.

"I think it's fair," said Randy Lawson, president of the International Guards Union of America. "We hope that what people get out of this is it doesn't matter if you have a union or not, if you're working and the compensable wages are not being paid by their employer, there is help and due process out there."

"It's wrong not to pay people for time they're at work. It's a basic premise. You go to work, you put your time in, should get paid for the time you work," said their attorney, Garry Ferraris. "Frankly the phone's been ringing off the hook from other employees in the area who have heard about this and are having similar problems."

This is a chance for Lawson and the other security police officers to show just how important their jobs are.

"We're protecting special nuclear material. Y12 is of course the Fort Knox of uranium, as has been said many times. A very important site, a lot of history there. I've been there 30 years and I'm very proud to be a part of securing that site," Lawson said.

We reached out to G4S and their attorney for comment on the settlement, but have not heard back.

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