Santa Rosa Firefighters Say They’ve Been Underpaid for Years

Firefighters in Santa Rosa have filed a federal lawsuit against the city that could end up costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in lost wages, interest, and legal fees.

According to the suit, filed in in U.S. District Court in San Francisco last month, Santa Rosa has been improperly calculating its overtime payments to firefighters for years. As a result, the employees say they were undercompensated. The claim affects all 118 of the city’s firefighters but could soon expand to include the city’s police officers as well.

A closed-door briefing will take place in city council chambers April 18. A second mediation session in scheduled for May 9.