Chicago Police Officer Sues Over BlackBerry Use

Sgt. Jeffrey Allen wants compensation for off-duty work done on a department-issued device.
1:36 | 02/07/13

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They are constant companion but when the work day is done are you still consumed by -- heavy load of work related calls and emails. And how much of your personal time does that -- I'd say college bouts. Ten to fifteen hours a week if you're an hourly employees should you not get paid overtime for that what do you worked in the Chicago police department's bureau organized crime. If they have half hour phone call outside of work hours to a superior about a search warrant -- -- gonna work on the next day. That is something that needs to be painful. Paul Geiger represented Chicago police Sargent Jeffrey Allen who's suing the city contending that he was very frequently required to use his department Blackberry went off duty. And it was not compensated for it. Police brass say blackberries and Smartphones are extremely valuable tools -- on and constantly very often on their own time. They don't get OT but there are exempt employees unlike Allen and roughly 200 members of the organized crime section who got department blackberries. And are paid by the hour. Labor law in the United States. To a great extent needs -- real housecleaning. Labor expert Bob Bruno says technology is running far ahead of the law. But that there may be -- to Allen's claim that required off duty Blackberry use violates the fair labor standards act. It seemed to me. That every one of those phone calls. Is a work related call and he -- -- up. This city says it has worked policies and procedures in place allowing police officers to request over time. Mayor Daley called my lawsuit silly. It was filed lawsuits that silly the lawsuit seeks to enforce. The law.

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