Government Shutdown Lawsuit

Arnold et al. v. The United States

UPDATE – January 25, 2019: Congress voted to end the shutdown. This does not end the lawsuit. If you did not timely receive your pay for work performed during the shutdown you are still eligible to join the lawsuit and are still eligible to receive damages as a result of the government’s actions. Every single federal employee, regardless of union status, who is FLSA non-exempt and performed their duties during the shutdown is eligible to join this case.

In January 2019, in response to the partial Government shutdown, Snider & Associates, LLC, along with the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE), the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO), the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), and the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), initiated a collective action lawsuit against the Federal Government for failure to pay excepted employees who are working through the government shutdown. However, every federal employee, regardless of union affiliation is eligible to join the lawsuit so long as they are designated as FLSA non-exempt and performed work during the shutdown.

As a result of the shutdown, Federal employees are not getting paid. Many of these employees have been, nonetheless, required to work. The Federal Government’s failure to timely pay these workers is a potential violation of both the overtime pay and minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Though reports indicate that employees will be provided backpay when the shutdown ends, such payment does not and will not alleviate the liability of the Government. FLSA violations such as the ones alleged in the lawsuit carry with them additional penalties such as liquidated (double) damages. The backpay paid by the government after the shutdown ends will not include any additional compensation, and the only way to receive additional compensation is by joining the lawsuit.

If you would like to join the lawsuit and become a member of the class, please complete the form to your right.

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  1. January 11, 2019 – Complaint
  2. January 15, 2019 – First Amended Complaint
  3. February 13, 2019 – Defendant’s Motion to Consolidate
  4. March 11, 2019 – Response to Motion to Consolidate
  5. April 8, 2019 – Defendant’s Reply to Response to Motion to Consolidate
  6. May 3, 2019 – Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss
  7. July 5, 2019 – Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Motion to Dismiss
  8. November 26, 2019 – Order requesting Additional Briefing
  9. December 20, 2019 – Defendant’s Supplemental Brief
  10. February 21, 2020 – Response to Defendant’s Supplemental Brief

Complete This Form to Join the Lawsuit

Note: Only employees who are designated as FLSA Non-Exempt are eligible to join the lawsuit. Prior to submitting the form, please confirm that Box 35 of your SF-50 indicates “N” for Non-Exempt.

Have you confirmed that Box 35 on your SF-50 has an "N" for Non-Exempt? (required)

Were you designated as excepted and performed work during the shutdown? (required)

Did you work overtime during the shutdown? (required)

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