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TEANECK, N.J. (AP) - Police in a New Jersey town will not get paid for the time it takes to put on their uniforms.

That's the ruling released this week by a federal appeals panel.

In 2009, 88 current and former Teaneck police officers filed a suit claiming they were being cheated out of overtime pay. They argued they should have been paid for the time they spent attending daily roll calls and changing in and out of their uniforms.

A lower court rejected the claim in 2012. The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals based in Philadelphia upheld that decision Tuesday.

Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin tells The Star-Ledger  the town was confident it would prevail in court, but the "sad part" is defending the lawsuit cost taxpayers about $500,000.


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