Don & Doff — On and Off: Wage and Hour Compliance

April 2010
Employment Law Notes
Employers continue to confront an increasing number of wage and hour lawsuits with the attendant risk of liability for unpaid wages and overtime, liquidated damages, and attorneys’ fees. Lawsuits often include claims for compensation for time spent before and after a shift “donning” and “doffing” specialized clothing or equipment. In the recent case of Bamonte v. City of Mesa, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 6188 (9th Cir. 2010), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit gave a rare win for employers when it ruled that police officers were not entitled to be compensated for time donning and doffing their uniforms and police equipment.