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Prison guards drop pay lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin prison guards who sued the state over a pay issue have dropped their lawsuit.

The attorney for the 14 correction officers, Sally Stix, says it would have been too costly for the individuals to sue separately. A Dane County judge had previously rejected the officers’ request for class action status, which could have benefited about 3,000 officers across the state.

The Journal Sentinel reports guards claimed they should be paid when they check in with their superiors and pick up their equipment to start their shift, not when they reach their assigned posts. Although the daily amount of pay involved was small, the plaintiffs say that collectively millions of dollars was at stake.

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