Georgia Trooper gets another chance over unpaid overtime charges

A Georgia State Patrol soldier may try again to hold the public safety agency he worked for liable for unpaid overtime after a state appeals court ruled the parties’ contract removed sovereign immunity.

The officer’s breach of contract lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Public Safety was based on the agency’s alleged failure to pay him overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The trial court dismissed the case on grounds of sovereign immunity, but the parties had a valid written contract waiving immunity, the Georgia Circuit Court of Appeals, Third Division, said.

The worker sued…