LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The largest private prison company in America paid $260,000 to a group of shift supervisors in Kentucky to settle claims that they were denied overtime.
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Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tennessee, paid the money last year to end a lawsuit. The former employees took $129,000 of the settlement. Plaintiff's attorneys received $131,000.
The case involved workers at the now-shuttered Marion Adjustment Center in St. Mary's, Kentucky. The group claimed in a 2012 lawsuit that CCA denied them overtime after forcing them to work extra hours. CCA has denied the allegations.
The settlement was originally sealed, but the nonprofit Prison Legal News sought to have it unsealed. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn in Louisville granted that request Wednesday.