Hundreds of Border Patrol Agents File Shutdown Lawsuit


Published on January 27, 2019

Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP has filed a complaint  against the federal government on behalf of more than 750 Border Patrol Agents being forced to work for two complete pay periods, a total of 30 days, without pay. The complaint seeks recovery of unpaid wages, interest and consequential damages for violation of the Back Pay Act, the Fifth Amendment and the Thirteenth Amendment.

The Border Patrol Agents complaint alleges that the federal government is violating the law by requiring them to work without pay during the shutdown. Border Patrol Agents are considered “essential” and throughout the furlough have continued to work as usual to secure the country’s borders.

“The Border Patrol Agents have not stopped working to protect our borders at any time during the shutdown,” said Gary E. Mason, at Whitfield Bryson & Mason. “But expecting them to work a month without a paycheck is completely unreasonable.”  Mason added, “It is ironic that the very people who secure our borders, the border with Mexico in particular, are forced to work without pay because of disagreement over funding of a border wall.”

Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP is a national law firm which represents plaintiffs in a wide range of practice areas, including wage and overtime, product liability, consumer protection, and personal injury.  The Border Patrol Agents in this case are also represented by Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., Yen Pilch & Landeen, P.C., Greg Coleman Law and Swartz Swidler, LLC.