Settled overtime lawsuit is dismissed

Posted: March 20, 2013

The Winchester Star

HARRISONBURG — A lawsuit involving overtime pay for more than 60 current and former sheriff’s deputies has been dismissed against Frederick County and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

A dismissal order was entered Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg, citing that the case has been settled.

The suit — filed by the deputies April 16 in the same court — alleges that Sheriff Robert Williamson, his office, the county government and County Administrator John R. Riley Jr. did not adequately pay them for overtime hours worked.

The case was set for a three-day jury trial beginning March 25.

Frederick County and Riley settled with the plaintiffs for $115,460.73 — or three years of back pay.

The amount Williamson and the Sheriff’s Office settled for has not yet been made available.

Williamson, on Tuesday, declined to comment at all about the case.

The deputies’ attorney, Timothy Paul Bosson of Simms Showers LLP in Leesburg, would not give the exact amount Williamson and his office settled for, but said it was a little less than what the county offered.

He added that the terms of the settlement would be filed within 60 days in the same court, and that the information would be available then.

“The deputies are happy to move this behind them,” Bosson said of his clients. “They’re happy to have it resolved so they can move on and continue working.”

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com