A group of 10 state prison guards has filed a lawsuit alleging the state owes them millions in back pay because of a 2012 work rule that defines when they are considered on duty.

According to the lawsuit, the state Department of Corrections issued a policy on Jan. 29, 2012, stating that employees are considered "on duty when they are present at their assigned post/work location prepared to assume their duties at their designated start time."

But the guards allege it means they aren’t paid for pre-shift work that serves DOC's interests, such as passing a security screening, participating in roll calls and fitness for duty checks, checking out and receiving equipment and traveling through prisons to their assigned posts, all while being ready to respond to emergency calls.

They also alleged they are not paid for post-shift work that includes communicating with relief officers, checking in work equipment and passing a security screening, again while being available for emergency calls.

Read the full Associated Press story.

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