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Resources for Local Government Employees (Counties, Cities, Towns, etc.)

McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP has a long history of representing Local Government  employees, including employees of cities, towns, and counties, in wage cases to recover the pay and benefits they so rightfully deserve. In addition to our extensive experience representing public safety employees, our firm has represented municipal housing authority workers, transit workers, IT helpdesk workers, homeless service workers, social workers, and child protective service workers, among others.

Some of the most common ways that employers violate overtime pay laws for municipal employees include:

  • Improper calculation of an employee’s “regular rate,” thereby failing to proper calculate overtime pay and underpaying employees each time overtime is paid;
  • Failure to count work time in computing overtime pay such as working employees “off-the-clock” or failing to count pre-shift or post-shift activities as work time;
  • Failure to pay employees true time and one-half overtime pay by wrongly claiming that the employees are exempt from the overtime laws;
  • Failing to pay for a full 30 minutes as a “meal period,” but requiring employees to be on-call or otherwise failing to provide a full 30-minute, duty-free meal period; and
  • Failing to include bonuses, longevity pay, education incentives, or other payment for employment in the rate at which overtime is paid.

For more information about our past cases representing municipal workers, visit our case section by clicking the link below:


We have recovered millions on behalf of municipal workers, exclusive of fire safety and law enforcement. We are not afraid to go up against a large city or state entity when it comes to protecting and enforcing the rights of workers. If you think are you experiencing a workplace violation, contact us and we will do everything in our power to remedy the situation.

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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