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The State of Nevada could be on the hook for $60 million for unpaid work done by correctional officers at Nevada’s prisons. The Reno Gazette Journal recently published an article that quotes founding Partner, Mark R. Thierman’s thoughts on the case.

Nevada state prison guards — already under fire for budget-busting overtime payments — could soon be in for an even bigger payday.

That’s according to lawyers representing guards in a mammoth federal lawsuit seeking allegedly unpaid wages from the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Reno-based labor attorney Mark Thierman, who represents more than 500 guards now signed on to the long-running litigation, in March claimed a partial court victory that he said could put the state on the hook for up to $60 million in damages. That’s about seven times the total amount Nevada currently has on hand to pay damages out of its tort claims fund.

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