Hundreds of Port of Miami workers lost an appeal last week of the dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that port officials deprived them of wages when they temporarily barred access to restricted areas for security reasons.

“Although we recognize that there is a constitutionally protected interest in an individual’s ability to follow a chosen trade or profession, we conclude that this interest was not implicated in the instant case,” Judge Angel A. Cortinas wrote for the 3rd District Court of Appeal panel. Judges Linda A. Wells and Leslie B. Rothenberg concurred.

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