KPWH attorneys filed a lawsuit on January 9, 2019 to end the practice of forcing certain federal employees to work while in unpaid status during the government shutdown. The suit alleges that this practice violates the Thirteenth Amendment’s prohibition of involuntary servitude. The suit also claims that the government is in violation of the Fifth Amendment by prohibiting federal employees from obtaining outside employment during a government shutdown, and that the government’s practice of compelling some federal employees to provide unpaid work violates the Constitution’s separation of powers and other federal statutes.
KPWH is honored to have filed suit on behalf of federal employees standing up for their rights. For more information about our law firm, or for contact information, click here.