Chicago Cop Sues for OT for Checking Blackberry

Case raises sticky smartphone concerns
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2010 4:12 PM CDT
Chicago Cop Sues for OT for Checking Blackberry
A Blackberry in use.   (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

A Chicago police sergeant is suing the city for overtime pay for all the times he checks his Blackberry while off duty, reports NPR. The case might help iron out (or further complicate) the rules governing the increasingly blurred lines between work and private life. The mayor scoffs at this "silliness in time of economic crisis," but the sergeant's lawyer says his client—and other city cops—are entitled to a hefty back pay settlement.

"What we are saying is he's using this mobile device at the behest of the Police Department very routinely and very often off duty and not being compensated for all the time spent on the device doing the city's work," he says. (More BlackBerry stories.)

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