Local K-9 Officer Seeks Overtime Pay in Lawsuit Against Village of Tinley Park

A Tinley Park Police Department officer is suing the village, Triblocal reports.

A officer and K-9 handler is suing the village for overtime pay.

Triblocal reported Friday that Police K-9 Officer Bob Diorio filed a lawsuit Sept. 23 against the in order to collect money for the time he spends caring for the department's service animal, Thor.

He's seeking money—two to three years worth—for the time he spends with Thor outside of his regular work hours, according to the story, which should be paid at a time-and-a-half hourly rate.

“He spends an excessive amount of time outside his regular working hours caring for, feeding, grooming and transporting his service animal,” Diorio's attorney, David Stevens, told Triblocal.

The story indicates that Diorio's annual salary totals $83,096, along with an added $2,000 stipend for being the K-9 officer. His earns $39.95 per hour, Village Manager Scott Niehaus told Triblocal, and was reimbursed $1,472 last fiscal year for food and supplies he bought for the pooch.

Triblocal reports:

Niehaus said the village has not been formally served with the lawsuit and no internal grievances were previously filed by Diorio on the topic of overtime pay. “He did not approach us in what I would consider a traditional fashion,” he said.

The complaint will be sent to the village's insurance carrier once it's received to determine how to best move forward.

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Joe Worker October 12, 2011 at 04:09 PM
As a dog handler in a nearby police department, I agree it is an honor to be entrusted with the duty to train, maintain, and use you K9 partner. However we are talking about Federal Labor Law, the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) specifically. Now if you disagree with that law, you can also throw out the mandatory minimum wage, workplace safety, short and long term disability, maternity leave, the 40 hour workweek, age restrictions on workers to prevent child labor, and yes overtime for hours worked over your 40 hours a week. Agree or disagree, the village of Tinley Park has been violating the FLSA for over 15 years in this regard and they will have to pay what is OWED to their worker.
Jack Steen October 29, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Christine Moscinski December 01, 2011 at 07:24 PM
TO: Mr. Joe why would anyone want to POST INNACCURATE INFORMATION! Delete the article if it's wrong or innacurate or POST FACTUAL INFORMATION to support it.
J Steen December 11, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Please don't tell me that this porker is still dirtying the streets of TP and getting a paycheck for bothering 7-11 clerks and glutting on donuts and continuing his suit against the Village ?!
Russ December 12, 2011 at 05:43 AM
Joe w. if the officer was on duty with that dog ,more than a 40 hour work week, then that would be considered ot .I don't think agreeing to care for the animal would be considered to be on duty. Just guessing. If it was,the only way around that would be to have the dog in a kennel when the officer wasn't using him.


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