Robertson’s suit contends that he worked at the Trigg County Jail from April 2004 until being discharged from service the day the jail closed on March 31, 2006. During this period, Robertson said in a claim filed by his attorney, David E. Arvin, that he received no health insurance compensatory pay, worked full time, with no time off for breaks or lunch and not being compensated for work during these periods. He further alleges that he was required to report for duty 15 minutes prior to the beginning of his shift, and that despite working for 48 months, the county did not enroll him in the County Employees Retirement Plan until his second month of employment, depriving him of $2,500 in benefits.
County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries said that the county retained Kentucky Association of Counties Attorney Kerry B. Harvey to defend in the action. Harvey’s response to the suit said that Robertson had the same elective access to the county insurance plan as other employees. Harvey’s response said that Robertson was initially hired as a relief worker, then contemplated to part time status and not initially eligible for the County Employee Retirement System. Upon matriculation to a fulltime position, the county enrolled Robertson into the program. Harvey added that he felt that the complaint should be barred by the doctrine of laches (neglect and delay in the claiming of rights) and the statute of limitations and demanded the suit be dismissed with prejudice, the county awarded for costs expended and be awarded for any relief entitled.
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