January 1 at 8:59 PM A federal employees union filed a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration, alleging the partial government shutdown is illegally forcing more than 400,000 federal employees to work without pay. The partial shutdown began at midnight, Dec. 22. Since then, many federal departments temporarily closed and delayed worker compensation indefinitely.
Federal employees are paid biweekly. Because of the late-December timing of the shutdown, only employees with unpaid overtime wages, like Tarovisky and Sharp, can currently file suit. The next pay cycle ends at midnight Jan. 5, with the scheduled payday soon thereafter. If the government closure is still ongoing, and no “essential” employee receives a salary, legal claims will become available to them all.
Of the 2.1 million federal workers nationwide, The Post reported, approximately 800,000 are expected to be affected by the shutdown.
There are 420,000 federal employees deemed “essential.” At least 380,000 other federal workers are deemed “nonessential,” according to CNBC, and have been placed on temporary leave until the shutdown ends. Furloughed employees span the Departments of Commerce, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Forest Service, National Park Service and IRS.