Spotsylvania sheriff's deputies sue for overtime pay

Dozens of law enforcement officers who either currently or have formerly served the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office are suing the department for hundreds of thousands of dollars in back overtime pay, the Free Lance-Star reports.

Roughly 150 officers say that the agency collectively owes them $500,000 because they weren't paid time-and-a-half, which was mandated in 2005.

The lawsuit also claims that deputies were regularly asked to work without any record of their being on duty to skirt federal overtime laws.

Spotsylvania County is just the latest Virginia jurisdiction to face such litigation. Multiple lawsuits were filed in 2012 by Richmond Police officers over back overtime pay.

A lawsuit between the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and a group of deputies was settled earlier this year as well, the Winchester Star says.