A former East Liverpool officer is suing the city for $130,000 for not paying him overtime while caring for a police dog.

Former officer Christopher Green is suing the city claiming that he should have been paid overtime during his time as a canine officer for caring for the dog during his off-hours.

According to the lawsuit, Green was responsible for caring for the dog in his home while he was off police duty, caring for him seven days a week 365 days a year taking 1.5 hours per day on days he was assigned to work and 3.5 hours per day when not assigned to work.

In total, these activities took an additional 14.5 hours per week at a minimum. As a result of the city's record-keeping practices, these activities are not recorded by the city's time and earning records.

Green alleges that the city has violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as well as the Ohio Minimum Wage Standards Act (OMWSA) by not paying him for the hours worked in excess of 40 hours in the workweek and not recording his time and earning records.

Green was fired from the department in July of 2021 and had been on paid administrative leave since March of 2021 following the review of how he had handled a police call for a fight in February.

The suit seeks $65,000 in compensatory damages and $65,000 in back wages.