Police Sue to get Paid for Putting on Their Uniforms
Monday, January 5, 2009
Trial proceedings open today for police who are suing the city of San Diego to get paid for the time it takes to “don” and “doff,” - in other words, put on and take off - their uniforms.
Bill Nemec, President of the San Diego Police Officers’ Association, says San Diego police are following the example of police in other cities.
Nemec : " National City is another example.. it was the same issue – it was the donning and doffing, the pre shift and post shift uncompensated time - anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour in preparations. "
Police in New York set a precedent in 2006 when they settled with the city over uncompensated time
“donning and doffing “ their uniforms.
Police in Oceanside have also reached a settlement on the issue.
But former San Diego city attorney Mike Aguirre refused to settle with the San Diego police, so the matter is going to trial.
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