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Bethel, ME: (Feb-27-08) Lt. Shayne White brought charges against the Bethel Police Department, alleging that he had not been paid wages for the extra time he had put in over years. White, who is in his fourth year as a Bethel officer, agreed to not file suit against the city by entering into a settlement agreement to resolve the dispute. Under the terms of the deal, Bethel will pay White $27,000, which constitute his gross wages, less taxes. City officials claimed that the money represents compensation for a significant number of hours that the officer had been placed in an on-call status by the Bethel police chief during the past three years. Further, White's acceptance of the agreement bans him from pursuing a formal claim against Bethel under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The settlement amount will be paid from the 2008 police department budget. After the settlement was reached, overall management and scheduling practices of the Police Department under Carr are being reviewed by Town Manager Scott Cole. [SUN JOURNAL: EXTRA HOURS]

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Published on Feb-27-08


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