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Having served as a federal prosecutor from 1987 to 1994, I apparently am eligible for recovery of overtime pay for those many hours I labored past 5 on the government’s cases. Federal labor laws require overtime pay for employees working more than 40 hours a week and — somewhat surprisingly — Department of Justice lawyers are not exempt. A well-known criminal defense firm, Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., as part of its new labor law practice, has decided to champion the claims of those poor downtrodden federal attorneys whose rights were trampled. A class action has been filed, and the Department of Justice’s own internal memoranda appear to acknowledge liability.

But while the sum might be considerable (although proof could be a problem; the U.S. Attorney’s library where I worked was usually deserted at one in the morning), I won’t be joining the class.

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