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Location changed for detectives' pay trial

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The location, but not the date, has been changed for a trial over a federal lawsuit filed by four detectives who claim the sheriff and Bedford County owe them for unpaid overtime.

A notice issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge William B. Mitchell Carter Wednesday now states that the trial in the case will be held at the federal courthouse in Chattanooga, not Winchester, on Tues., Jan. 22, 2013.

The suit, which was filed in summer 2011 by David Sakich, Kevin Holton, Scott Jones, Todd Hammond "and others similarly situated," accuses Sheriff Randall Boyce and the county of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Claims

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."

Carter repeated his order that a final pretrial conference would be set for Wednesday, Jan. 9 in Chattanooga, also instructing 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 conference would be held.