A federal magistrate has confirmed a trial date and a final hearing in the lawsuit involving four detectives who claim the sheriff and county owes them for unpaid overtime.
U.S. Magistrate Judge William B. Mitchell Carter has set Monday, Nov. 12 as the date for the trial in Winchester, with a final pretrial conference set for Oct. 29 in Chattanooga.
Sheriff Randall Boyce and the county were sued by David Sakich, Kevin Holton, Scott Jones, Todd Hammond "and others similarly situated" under the Fair Labor Standards Act in August 2011.
The four claim they were denied overtime and straight time compensation and were worked "off the clock," also alleging they were retaliated against for exposing the issue. Sakich and Holton also claim they were demoted from detectives to patrol duty for "whistleblowing activity."
Magistrate Carter ordered both sides in the suit to prepare a proposed pretrial order that would outline the claims and defenses of both sides, contested issues of law, exhibits and witnesses, as well as other matters, before the final pretrial conference is held.
The trial date had already been set in January, but in August, attorneys for the detectives requested an additional month to hear depositions in their case. However, according to federal court records, pre-trial disclosures were made in the case on Sept. 10.