City of Ashland settles in unpaid overtime case

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - The city of Ashland has reached a settlement over unpaid overtime for 59 firefighters.

A 2010 audit by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet determined the city owed about $339,000 to the firefighters and more than $112,000 to the state retirement system after miscalculating overtime payments.

The city requested no action be taken until the Kentucky Supreme Court settled a similar case involving firefighters from 12 other cities and counties. The court ruled in August in favor of the labor cabinet.

Ashland City Attorney Richard Martin told The Independent he would not discuss the specifics of the settlements until they have been approved by the labor cabinet ( However, he said the city did end up spending less than the $455,000 that was put into this year's budget for the settlement.

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