April 1, 2014
A recent lawsuit filed against the state of North Carolina alleges state troopers were promised pay raises that never materialized. According to the suit, the troopers now face severe financial hardships as a result of the empty promises.
Times-News reports that the suit was filed on behalf of several North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers who say they were promised “graduated or step pay raises” as an enticement to join the Highway Patrol and that the promised raises were “contractual, and not discretionary.” However, they say, their wages have remained the same.
According to the lawsuit, “Since 2009, the state of North Carolina has failed to honor its promises to plaintiffs and has failed to grant them the pay raises to which they are entitled.” According to the suit, the troopers were supposed to receive four 5 percent increases between the ranks of senior and master trooper, with the first to take effect after two years. These step raises have not been granted, the suit alleges.
The difference in wages is substantial, reports Times-News, with beginning troopers earning around $34,000 annually and master troopers’ salaries starting at around $57,000. The state’s struggle to balance its budget may have played a role in failing to give raises to North Carolina troopers.
According to reports, some of the troopers are on public assistance and facing foreclosure. The lawsuit alleges that the raises would help the troopers get back on financial track and off of public assistance.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who have worked as Highway Patrol troopers since 2009, are seeking back pay that could total around $10 million.
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