Trial underway in Chattanooga police pay lawsuit

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 8/17/16. The main lobby at the Chattanooga Police Services Center on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. The CPD will soon use reserve police officers in jobs like manning the front desk at the Amnicola Highway headquarters.
photo Mayor Andy Berke prepares to sign a new police pay plan Monday at the Chattanooga Police Services Center with dozens of duty officers in attendance, recently appointed police Chief Fred Fletcher observing, at far left, and police union leaders at his side. The mayor said years of service will remove questions of pay status for the ranks.

Six years after 29 Chattanooga police officers sued the city, a dozen of them took the stand this week to testify about alleged age discrimination, pay disparities and raises the officers say the city failed to provide.

The case stems from a years-long dispute about the police department's pay policies, which for about seven years allowed recently hired police officers to earn higher salaries than their supervisors.