Overtime pay case dismissed

Charges against a security company for failing to pay overtime were dismissed last week because they were brought too late.

Eagleye Security Services and Andrew Copeland were charged with failing to pay overtime to four employees for various periods that ended on 21 July 2006.

The charges were dated 22 March 2007.

That is outside the six-month time limit for bringing charges that are triable in Summary Court only.

Crown Counsel Gail Johnson told Magistrate Grace Donalds that there was evidence on file for a good case, but the Legal Department was statute- barred from continuing prosecution.

She therefore offered no evidence and the magistrate discharged the defendants.

Attorney Lloyd Samson represented the defendants.

One of the employees had claimed overtime amounting to $11,925.20 between January 2005 and July 2006.

Another had claimed $5,824.78 over a period of eight months.

Other amounts specified in the charges were $2,840.64 and $388.46.

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