An official in Palm Beach County in Florida is asking county workers to return
nearly $2 million in overtime pay they received even though they were exempt
from overtime, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
County Clerk Dorothy Wilken says the county made a mistake in granting the
overtime pay for work performed after recent hurricanes. Wilken contends the
county has no policy that would allow exempt workers to receive overtime pay.
County Administrator Bob Weisman, who approved the overtime pay, says he has
the authority to grant overtime pay for salaried workers. He tells the newspaper
the option of compensatory time was unavailable because of the large number
of hours the employees worked after the hurricanes.
Some of the employees worked more than 16 hours per day for seven days straight
following Hurricane Frances. One worker earned $11,794.40 in overtime during
the two weeks following Hurricane Frances, according to the newspaper.