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Resources for Correctional Officers

McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP has been successfully representing correctional officers and prison workers for over twenty years throughout the nation. Through fierce litigation, steadfast arbitration and expert mediation, we have obtained over $50 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.

If you want to know if you should be receiving additional pay for your work, or if you aren’t sure if you should be or not, contact us now. One of our expert wage and hour attorneys will respond in less than 24 hours to 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 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
  • 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 located at the bottom of the Law Enforcement page.

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

Legal Representation for All Workers

When McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP decides to take your case, it is because we believe there is an unacceptable workplace violation that has negatively impacted you or resulted in your employer paying less than what the law requires and which we have a reasonable chance of remedying. We recognize that meritorious claims should not go unremedied because of the level of a person’s resources.

To ensure accessible and available legal representation for all our clients, MSE handles cases through different forms of fee arrangements, including contingency fees, hourly fees and fixed fees.

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