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Lawsuit over 2013 shutdown grows as federal workers learn of eligibility

A lawsuit against the federal government by employees who were required to work without pay during the shutdown in 2013 is growing as hundreds of thousands of workers are notified of their eligibility to join, lawyers for the plaintiffs say. Some federal workers were sent home for 16 days in October 2013 after Congress failed to approve a budget to keep the government funded. Others were told to keep working. Federal agencies sent notices this month to people who could be covered by the lawsuit — workers deemed "essential" during the shutdown, including federal corrections officers, firefighters, air traffic controllers, Border Patrol agents and Park Police. At least...

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