FORT MYERS, Fla.- An arbitrator ruled on May 13, that the City of Fort Myers illegally withheld wages from members of the police department, according to the Florida Police Benevolent Association.
Officers working the Edison Festival of Lights were allegedly denied overtime wages, and arbitrator Jay Goldstein ruled the City must now pay the officers what they are due, plus interest.
This decision follows the October 2011 decision in which another arbitrator ruled the City failed to pay the officers for Police Field Training they were entitled to. In June of that same year, yet another arbitrator ruled the City withheld holiday pay from the officers. in both instances, the City was ordered to pay the officers back.
According to the press release from the Florida Police Benevolent Association, in all three instances, the City used property tax revenues to pay attorneys to defend the illegal actions they had taken.