Missouri Corrections Officer $117M Settlement Receives Final Approval; Initial Distribution to 20,000 Class Members Imminent.
CGL are pleased to announce that, after a decade-long fight to secure fair pay for Corrections Officers working at Missouri state prisons, the Circuit Court of Cole County, Missouri has given final approval to a Settlement valued at $117M. These workers, among the lowest paid in the nation, were denied pay for critical work they perform before and after every shift. During the course of the hard-fought litigation, CGL attorneys, lead by Michael Flannery, and their co-counsel won a $113 million jury verdict at trial in August of 2018. After the Missouri Supreme Court largely upheld the State’s liability, and preparations were being made for a second trial, the case was settled during pretrial mediation.
More than 20,000 hard-working members of the Settlement Class will receive back pay and damages as a result of the Settlement, with checks being mailed in the next several weeks. The Settlement also provides Corrections Officers with increased pay going forward for at least eight years. The Settlement and the benefits to these Corrections Officers reflect CGL’s commitment to pursue justice for their clients, however long that takes.
For more information, see the Settlement website: