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Seventeen Ely Teachers Sue School District

Baihly Warfield
Updated: December 21, 2018 02:57 PM

ELY, Minn. - Seventeen Ely teachers have sued the district they work for. 

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The lawsuit stems from an overpayment during the 2017-18 school year. Over the course of 13 paychecks between August 2017 and February 2018, the Ely School District allegedly overpaid the teachers.

The lawsuit, one of which was originally filed in November by teacher Krista Moyer, says that ISD 696 overpaid her by $1,088 then deducted $155 over seven paychecks between February and May 2018. 

Moyer said she let the district know that she had not provided written authorization for those deductions, which Minnesota state law requires. In court documents, she says that the district continued taking out the money anyway. 

She is suing for $2,176, twice the amount of the deductions, plus her $75 filing fee. Sixteen other teachers have since signed onto the lawsuit. 

The district's attorney filed a counterclaim Monday, saying that for four of the 17 teachers, there was an overpayment of $1,674 and that the teachers owe them that money plus fees and costs of $1,080 for a total of $2,754. 

There is a hearing scheduled for Dec. 26. 

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