Court: Ky. Cities Owe Millions in Firefighter OT


Cities across Kentucky may have to find millions to pay firefighters unpaid overtime after a Kentucky Supreme Court decision.

The high court on Thursday ruled that cities owe firefighters a higher rate on unpaid overtime and that the state's Labor Cabinet may pursue municipalities for the money.

Kentucky League of Cities Chief Operating Officer Temple Juett said cities across Kentucky could be looking at a bill between $25 million and $32 million in the wake of the ruling if forced to pay back overtime and retirement benefits on the funds for a five-year period.

Florence Mayor Diane Whalen estimated that her city will have to find $243,000.

Kentucky Labor Cabinet General Counsel Dave Suetholz said the department cases pending across the state that may now be pursued.

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