Leadership

Cleveland Fire Ruling May Be Far-Reaching

Issue 1 and Volume 102.

Cleveland Fire Ruling May Be Far-Reaching A verdict returned by a Cleveland, Ohio, jury on overtime pay for firemen may have far-reaching repercussions, it is believed by many who have studied the case. The verdict followed a trial over a suit brought by Fire Lieutenant James E. Taylor, of the Cleveland Fire Department, for overtime compensation. He won an award of $3,688.96 in a decision signed by ten of the twelve jurors who had deliberated nearly two full days in Common Pleas Court. The award, which shocked Cleveland’s City Hall, was for claimed overtime from Sept. 23, 1943 to Nov. 15, 1946. It is also possible for Taylor and other firemen, to sue for claimed overtime in the two years since the filing of the original suit. Six hundred and eighty cases similar to the one won by Taylor are pending in Common Pleas Court; it is believed 300 more…

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