Buena Park Police Officers Win Back Pay In Federal Lawsuit

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Three Buena Park Police Department lieutenants who were cheated out of thousands of dollars each in owed employment compensation have won their case in a pre-trial settlement and agreed to dismiss their federal lawsuit.

In July 2012, veteran officers Steve Holliday, Kevin Shea and Rich Forsyth sued Buena Park officials to recover income for work performed during furlough weeks.

The officers claimed agreements called for them to receive 1.5 times their regular pay rate for duties performed during those periods and, though the city balked, court records show mediation resolved the conflict in favor of the employees.

In a seven-page settlement agreement, city official admitted no wrongdoing, but claimed they agreed to pay the plaintiffs and their lawyers more than $37,000 to end the dispute without further expense to city taxpayers before a scheduled August 20 trial.

Owed compensation included $7,493 each to Holliday, Forsyth and Shea, according to court records inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

U.S. District Court Judge Fernando M. Olguin approved the resolution and closed the case on July 2.

Upland-based Lackie, Dammeier and McGill, a law firm that specializes in representing police unions, successfully represented the officers and received more than $15,000 in fees from the city.

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Good to hear that these dedicated public servants are getting some justice....good story Scott...good to see that you back the POLICE

n2bigmuscle topcommenter

Did I read this right that they get 1.5 pay when everyone else is unemployed??? 

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"The citizens have a right to protect themselves from the police". - OCDA Tony Rackaukas after the Kelly Thomas police MURDER.

Isn't double indemnity against the laws.

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Criminal cops getting paid while violating the laws when they are ON DUTY.


Lackie, Dammeier and McGill, a law firm  is so shady!

paullucas714 topcommenter

Isnt that Law Form the same one that employed the private detective that falsely reported a Costa Mesa Council member as a drunken driver?

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Jim Righeimer has a $260,000 home and is wealthy and he's the mayor that lies and goes after peoples jobs that work for him. He's a republinut.

"The City of Costa Mesa is mathematically bankrupt, there is no job creation going on here". - Jim Righeimer - at the same time they're holding 6oth birthday fests in front of the police department while violating the city fireworks laws and telling you that you can't shoot fireworks off when he's doing the very same thing.

rscottmoxley topcommenter

@paullucas714 Yes, and they also represent one of the ex-Fullerton cops criminally charged in the savage, unnecessary killing of Kelly Thomas.

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