Buena Park Police Officers Win Back Pay In Federal Lawsuit

Three Buena Park Police Department lieutenants who were cheated out of thousands of dollars each in owed employment compensation have won their case in a pre-trial settlement and agreed to dismiss their federal lawsuit.

In July 2012, veteran officers Steve Holliday, Kevin Shea and Rich Forsyth sued Buena Park officials to recover income for work performed during furlough weeks.

The officers claimed agreements called for them to receive 1.5 times their regular pay rate for duties performed during those periods and, though the city balked, court records show mediation resolved the conflict in favor of the employees.

In a seven-page settlement agreement, city official admitted no wrongdoing, but claimed they agreed to pay the plaintiffs and their lawyers more than $37,000 to end the dispute without further expense to city taxpayers before a scheduled August 20 trial.

Owed compensation included $7,493 each to Holliday, Forsyth and Shea, according to court records inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

U.S. District Court Judge Fernando M. Olguin approved the resolution and closed the case on July 2.

Upland-based Lackie, Dammeier and McGill, a law firm that specializes in representing police unions, successfully represented the officers and received more than $15,000 in fees from the city.

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