K-9 officer sues Smith County for unpaid wages

By Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau | May 13, 2013

MARSHALL - A former Smith County officer with the K-9 unit has filed a lawsuit against the county claiming that he was not paid all his regular wages or overtime wages during his seven years of employment. 

Curtis Dinger filed suit against Smith County on May 7 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

Dinger was employed by the county beginning in May 2005 and continued through December 2012. He claims that he was not paid “handler time” for his role as a K-9 officer.

The defendant is accused of failing to keep accurate records of time worked and for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for overtime compensation, liquidated damages, attorney’s fees and interest.

Dinger is represented by Sulphur Springs attorney Wade A. Forsman.

Case No. 2:13-cv-00383

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