Weirton police officers say city failed to properly pay them

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 9, 2015

NEW CUMBERLAND – A group of police officers are suing the City if Weirton after they claim they were not paid properly for holidays they worked.

Sgt. Ricky Grishkevich, Capt. Richard Stead, Ptlm. Brian L. Beatty, Ptlm. Gerard Spencer, Ptlm. Troy Bickers, Lt. Rob Williams, Sgt. John S. Tate, Ptlm. Tony M. Apesos, Ptlm. Randy L. Kernen Jr., Ptlm. Marc W. DeAngelo, Ptlm. Mike Plaso, Ptlm. Scott Cook, Sgt. James B. Williams, Ptlm. Eric Popish, Ptlm. Stevie Banannio, Ptlm. Joshua Dennis, Sgt. Darrin Hamilton, Ptlm. Scott E. Schrade, Sgt. Eric Redish, Ptlm. Thomas F. Poe Jr., Ptlm. Brennan Bish, Ptlm. Jeff S. Miller, Ptlm. Michael Baker, Ptlm. Shawn Smith, Ptlm. Matt Lelless, Ptlm. Jason Turner, Ptlm. Raymond P. Sheetz, Ptlm. Sam Kryzs, Sgt. Eric Patterson and Ptlm. Ryan Kuzma are all police officers in the city of Weirton and are also members of the Weirton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #84, according to a complaint filed in Hancock Circuit Court.

The 30 police officers claim they were not paid properly when they worked holidays. Although the police officers — whether they worked a holiday or not — may have been paid 12 hours additional pay for each holiday under the contract dated Oct. 1, 2013, such pay under the contract was to be made in addition to their regular pay for a holiday, which was to be “at a rate not less than one and one-half times his or her regular rate of pay,” according to the suit.

The plaintiffs claim the defendant was negligent and also violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages. They are being represented by Michael Edward Nogay of Sellitti, Nogay & McCune PLLC.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Jason A. Cuomo.

Hancock Circuit Court case number: 15-C-131

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