South Miami Police Officer Sues City for Time It Took Him to Put on His Uniform

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The only people who get paid to put on clothes are fashion models, but a former sergeant in the South Miami Police Department is suing to have police officers added to that list too.

Michael Weissberg claims he worked five to ten extra overtime hours a week for which he was not paid while on the force. He insists those hours included time it took him to put on and take off his uniform and clean out his squad car.

According to the Miami Herald, Weissberg, who resigned form the force in 2013, says it took him 20 minutes to put on his body armor. He claims other officers were also angry that they were expected to do tasks such as clean their uniforms and maintain their weapons off of the clock. He says he'd have to show up at the station at least 30 minutes before roll call in order to prepare for the job.

The city plans to fight the lawsuit and has hired outside council to do so.

"These are items that are normally considered to be something an officer does on their own time," South Miami Mayor Phillip Stoddard told the Herald. "The city, for instance, allows a police officer to take their car home as part of their contract. The city provides them with uniforms as part of their contract. But there is a certain set of maintenance items that are expected that the officers will do themselves."

Weissber, who started with the force in 2005, says he's owed $17,000 in unpaid wages. The city claims there's established case law that would back it up in the suit and plans to fight it in court.

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Al Place
Al Place

I didn't read it here, but there are union contracts that say you get paid for the time you spend putting on what is required to do your job. Ie: steel toed shoes, safety gear, uniforms. Etc ... I would guess that is what the police may be using here. I believe it is in our country's labor laws.

Ailene Morales-Suarez
Ailene Morales-Suarez

My husband is a firefighter. He needs to be at the station also about 30 minutes before roll call and there's a lot more uniform/gear to carry and clean. It comes with the job. This is an absolutely ridiculous lawsuit.

Millie Santana
Millie Santana

With all the criminals walking the streets of South Florida the police workforce deserves everything they ask for. They're out there every day risking their lives fighting crime. Hats off to them, and those that speak against them, perhaps is because they know you too well!! Thank you for your service and sacrifices officers!

Iliana Alonso-Garcia
Iliana Alonso-Garcia

They keep wondering why police officers no longer are viewed with respect??

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...................what about the offset of kick-backs and bribes and under the table payments plus all the freebie donuts and other food ?

.......and what about all those 11th hour last minute arrests that take two or three hours of OVERtime each shift ?

so ADD the dress time as payment BUT deduct all those offsets as well

Ralphie Salas
Ralphie Salas

Until your crying like a little bitch because you need one. ^^^^^^

oyeve
oyeve

at least 3 grand for the yamaka!

Ana Mar
Ana Mar

This is absolutely hilarious..!

Ken Kenn
Ken Kenn

He gets a take home car with the tax payers paying for the gas to/from work and other places so what about those thousands of dollars paid for off the clock?

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Don't wear body armor and don't clean your weapon. Let me know how that goes for you, bitch.

Eddie Suarez
Eddie Suarez

does that mean everyone who wears suits should also get paid for the time it takes to dry clean, cost to dry clean, time it takes to suit up each day? How about others who have to wear uniforms for work? Do they get paid for their time too?

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