VA Workers Sue for Backpay
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Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Workers Sue for Backpay

By Sarah Pierce


(LEGAFI) -- More than 10,000 current and former employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs can proceed with a class action lawsuit accusing the VA of stiffing them on six years’ worth of weekend pay, according to a news report.


The class action lawsuit will cover civil service employees who typically earn “additional pay,” or 25% of their regular hourly wages in addition to their hourly rate, when they work Saturdays. VA employees claim, however, that when they take authorized “paid leave” for Saturday shifts, they have not been receiving the additional pay they would have normally received had they worked on those days.


This isn’t the only time the VA has been sued for failing to pay additional pay to employees. Over 59,000 RNs and other healthcare professionals won a class action suit against the VA last year that alleged they too were denied premium pay when they took paid leave. The deadline for filing a claim for that class action suit has passed, but you can still submit a claim to the judge for approval at


The current class action lawsuit is seeking backpay, which is estimated to be around $500 per individual, for all general schedule employees that were employed by the VA after January 1, 2004 and who were denied additional pay for taking leave on Saturday shifts. This includes but is not limited to those who worked on a tour of duty and the following occupations:


Series 0060, Chaplain; Series 0101, Social Science; Series 0102, Social Science Aid and Technician; Series 0181, Psychology Aid and Technician; Series 0184, Sociology; Series 0186, Social Services Aid and Assistant; Series 0187, Social Services; Series 0188, Recreation Specialist; Series 0189, Recreation Aid and Assistant; Series 0334, Computer Specialist (DHCP Operations Only); Series 0401, General Biological Science; Series 0403, Microbiology; Series 0404, Biological Science Technician; Series 0405, Pharmacology; Series 0413, Physiology; Series 0415, Toxicology; Series 0601, General Health Science; Series 0621, Nursing Assistant; Series 0622, Medical Supply Aid and Technician; Series 0625, Autopsy Assistant; Series 0636, Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant; Series 0637, Manual Arts Therapist; Series 0638, Recreation/Creative Arts Therapist; Series 0639, Education Therapist; Series 0640, Health Aid and Technician; Series 0645, Medical Technician; Series 0646, Pathology Technician; Series 0664, Restoration Technician; Series 0670, Health System Administration; Series 0671, Health System Specialist; Series 0673, Hospital Housekeeping Management; Series 0679, Medical Support Assistant; Series 0683, Dental Laboratory Aid and Technician; Series 0690, Industrial Hygienist; Series 0698, Environmental Health Aid and Technician; Series 0699, Student Nurse Technician (Title code 63 only); Series 0701, Veterinary Medical Science; Series 0704, Animal Health Technician; Series 1020, Medical Illustrator; Series 1060, Photographer (Medical); Series 1301, General Physical Science; Series 1306, Health Physics; Series 1310, Physics; Series 1311, Physical Science Technician; Series 1320, Chemistry; Series 1725, Public Health Educator; Series 1910, Quality Assurance; Series 2210, Computer Specialist (DHCP Operations Only)


Updated July 9th, 2010


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