Firemen Sue to Recover Back Pay

Issue 5 and Volume 97.

Firemen Sue to Recover Back Pay Firemen throughout the country will follow with interest the progress of two Superior Court actions in which 357 active and retired members of the Bridgeport, Conn., Police and Fire Departments are claiming damages of $1,606,500 against the City of Bridgeport as the result of wages lost through salary waivers in effect from April 1, 1932 to March 31, 1938. The two suits, in which the plaintiffs claim that $1,171,000 is due them in back wages surrendered during the six years’ period of economic depression, are believed to be unprecedented, and on the outcome will be based the future course of action of other firemen and policemen similarly situated. The actions are based on the general obligation that the municipality was under a legal obligation to pay the plaintiffs fixed salaries for certain specific duties which they performed, and that it failed, neglected and refused…

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