Teachers aren't the only ones in North Carolina putting up with terrible pay. Magistrates have filed a lawsuit, alleging that they've been underpaid for years.
Forty magistrates from across North Carolina sued the state Tuesday, alleging that going years without raises amounts to a breach of contract and violates their constitutional rights.
The magistrates are seeking back pay, plus interest, and want a judge's approval for a class-action lawsuit, noting all North Carolina magistrates are in the same position.
Pay scales for magistrates are set by statute and are based on the number of years of experience, which according to the suit creates a contractual obligation for the state to pay those rates. The state hasn't fulfilled that obligation since 2009, the suit states.
We find it oh-so-fitting that the state's budget director is one of the defendants!
Gov. Pat McCrory, State Treasurer Janey Cowell, Acting State Controller James Dolan and budget director Art Pope are named as defendants in the suit.