Fully understanding one’s rights is challenging when it isn’t something you think about every day. Luckily, it’s all we care about. Far more often than you think, workers are taken advantage of because they are simply unaware that they are not receiving the full payment that they are legally entitled to receive.  

If you want to know if you should be receiving additional pay for your work, or if you just aren’t sure and would like to know more, contact us now. One of our expert wage and hour attorneys will respond in less than 24 hours. They will ask you questions about your work week so they can better explain to you your rights and will assist in determining if you have a potential case that may lead to receiving additional compensation for you and/or your co-workers. 


McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP has been successfully representing correctional officers and prison workers nationwide for over fifteen years. Through fierce litigation, steadfast arbitration and expert mediation, we have obtained over $10 million in unpaid wages, back pay, and liquidated damages for these workers. We are proud to represent these essential members of our nation’s workforce and will continue to fight on their behalf for fair compensation and treatment under the law. 

McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP has represented correctional officers and workers across the country for such claims as:  

  • Being denied pay for pre-shift and post-shift activities such as going through security screening, picking up equipment, getting briefed by supervisors or the outgoing officer, etc.   
  • Being misclassified as non-eligible to receive overtime pay based on rank, status, or duty assignments
  • Not receiving overtime pay during meal periods in which you are not relieved of duty
  • Improperly calculating regular rate of pay 
  • Failing to properly pay Night Shift differential for overtime assignments for federal correctional officers
  • Paying hour-for-hour compensatory time, when it should be comp time for work over 40 hours at one and one-half hours of comp time for each overtime hour worked.
  •  Late Payment of overtime wages of more than 35 days after the overtime was worked

For more information regarding the wage and hour laws that apply to correctional officers, we encourage you to visit the Law Enforcement resource section 

If you have a question that is not answered in the Law Enforcement resources, or if you think you may be experiencing workplace pay, benefit or treatment violations, please email us at info@mselaborlaw.com