By: Lucia Moses
Journal Register Co. papers agreed to pay $89,500 in overtime wages to 38 current and former reporters and photographers at The Herald in New Britain, Conn., and the semiweekly Narragansett (R.I.) Times to settle federal lawsuits.
The U.S. Department of Labor alleged that the papers failed to pay overtime wages and keep complete employee records between 1998 and 2001. The papers also agreed to pay $23,000 in civil penalties.
Journal Register admitted no wrong-doing, saying it settled the suits to avoid further legal expense.