City of Los Angeles

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On February 10, 2023, Los Angeles Fire Department (“LAFD”) firefighters and paramedics filed a putative collective action against the City of Los Angeles for unpaid overtime. The named plaintiffs brought the case on behalf of themselves, and others similarly situated, in the following job positions: Firefighter III, Paramedic, Firefighter III Paramedic, Apparatus Op., Engineer, Fire Captain I, Fire Captain II, Fireboat Pilot, Fireboat Mate, Helicopter Pilot I, Helicopter Pilot II, Helicopter Pilot III, Helicopter, Pilot IV, and Helicopter Pilot V.

The Complaint alleges that the City of Los Angeles has a policy and practice of employing Plaintiffs and other similarly situated individuals for up to an hour and a half, and sometimes more, past the end of their shift, without paying them any wages for that work time, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). It seeks to hold the City of Los Angeles accountable to these workers for unpaid overtime premium pay for up to three years, liquidated (double) damages, and other statutorily permitted relief.

Our firm has partnered with Public Employees Legal, LLP in Los Angeles, California, in representing the plaintiffs. For more information about their firm, please visit:

This case is entitled Gonzalez et al. v. City of Los Angeles, Case No. 5:23-cv-00222 (Central District of California)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:How Do I Join This Case?


    To make a claim in this case for any unpaid overtime under the FLSA, federal law, you must complete a consent form and return it to our office.

  • Q:Am I Eligible?


    You may be eligible to make a federal law claim in this case if you worked for the LAFD at any time within the past three years as a Firefighter III, Paramedic, Firefighter III Paramedic, Apparatus Op., Engineer, Fire Captain I, Fire Captain II, Fireboat Pilot, Fireboat Mate, Helicopter Pilot I, Helicopter Pilot II, Helicopter Pilot III, Helicopter, Pilot IV, and Helicopter Pilot V. The case seeks pay for unpaid overtime after 40 hours in a week or 204 hours in a 27 day work period, depending on work schedule. 

  • Q:Is This a Collective Action? What Does that Mean?


    This is a potential collective action under federal law. The idea behind a collective action is that it allows one or more people to sue on behalf of themselves and other similarly situated people who have similar claims. Early in the case, we will file a motion with the Court asking for authorization to distribute notice of the case to all LAFD firefighters who could be affected by the case.

  • Q:What Time Frame Does This Case Cover?


    The claim has what is called a statute of limitations, which allows workers to recover unpaid overtime wages within specific time periods.  Under federal law, the statute of limitation is two years back from when the worker signs up to join the lawsuit by completing and returning the consent form referenced above. If we can prove that The City of Los Angeles willfully violated the law, then the statute of limitations may be extended to three years.

  • Q:Do I Have to Pay Anything?


    You do not have to pay anything if you join the lawsuit. We are handling this case on a contingency fee basis. This means we will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief either through a settlement, award, or a final judgment, and that payment will only come out of that settlement, award, or final judgment.

  • Q:How Do I Prove I Worked Overtime?


    If you have records of the hours you worked, please preserve and keep them until we ask you for them. However, you do not need to have records of your work hours to make a claim for your overtime pay in this case. If the City of Los Angeles did not keep accurate time records, most courts will permit you to make a good-faith estimate of your work hours. Through this lawsuit, we will seek any records the LAFD may have of your hours worked as well.

  • Q:What About Retaliation?


    It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against a person for joining a lawsuit to reclaim unpaid wages. If you believe you may be the victim of retaliation for joining or participating in this lawsuit, contact the case clerk, Madeline Orozco at (612) 256-3297 or immediately.

  • Q:How Long Will This Case Take?


    The length of this kind of lawsuit varies from case to case, but they typically last one to three years.

  • Q:Is There Money Available Now?


    No. This is a pending lawsuit. There is no money currently available and there is no guarantee that you will receive money for joining the lawsuit.

  • Q:How Can I Help?


    If you know anyone who is interested in making a claim for unpaid overtime, please direct them to this website to fill out a consent form. They may also contact the case clerk, Madeline Orozco, at (612) 256-3297 or to sign up.

  • Q:How Do I Learn More?


    To learn more, contact the case clerk, Madeline Orozco, at (612) 256-3297 or

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