WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed December 18, 2013
Kentucky Officers File Suit Over Wages
A group of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement employees has filed suit against the Kentucky State Police claiming wage discrimination.
The civil suit filed in Franklin Circuit Court Monday claims that vehicle enforcement officers are "compensated at a substantially lower rate of pay than Kentucky State Police troopers and cadets" despite performing similar duties. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement is a division of Kentucky State Police.
The State Journal reports that 107 plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
The lawsuit comes after Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer denied a grievance filed by the plaintiffs asking for higher wages.
In his response to the grievance, Brewer said troopers have different qualifications, requirements and duties than commercial vehicle enforcement officers.