Federal jury says city must pay FDNY EMS members for time spent preparing for their shifts

  • Source: New York Daily News
  • Published: 10/29/2019 12:00 AM

They did the time — now they’re going to get paid for it. A federal jury ordered the city to cough up millions of dollars to FDNY emergency medical technicians and paramedics who were stiffed for time spent on preparations before and after their shifts, attorneys for the first responders said Saturday. The judgement came down Friday following a three-week trial, with the jury finding that the city violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 2,500 EMTs and paramedics signed onto the suit, which claimed the city never paid them for 15 minutes prior to their tours used to prep their equipment, as well as the 15 minutes after every shift to re-stock their ambulances and exchange information with the next tour — even though they were logged into the electronic time keeping system for city employees, known as CityTime.


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