Turnley v. Town of Vernon, 2012 VT 69.
Today’s case is a basic employment law issue wrapped in a coat of municipal law.
Plaintiff was hired to be chief of police in 2006 for the Town, a small, sleepy hamlet in the southeast corner of the state on the New Hampshire and Massachusetts borders, not known for anything in particular.
Plaintiff was paid a salary and held the position for three years. At the end of that time, Plaintiff sued the Town for back pay. Specifically, he claimed that he was due approximately 1335 hours of overtime for the hours he regularly worked above and beyond the normal 40-hour work week. Town denied the claim, and Plaintiff filed his action.