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The government shutdown closes offices, museums and other sites in Washington, D.C. File photo from 2013. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ

Clif Alexander’s law office in Corpus Christi, Texas, has been inundated with calls and emails in recent weeks, as the nation’s longest government shutdown drags on and hundreds of thousands of federal employees forced to work across the country cope with how to get by without pay.

The six-attorney firm Anderson Alexander is among the offices suing the federal government on behalf of workers seeking back pay and damages under federal wage laws. The cases, filed on behalf of employees across agencies, are piling up in the Washington-based U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

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