Federal News Network LogoCall it progress, or another step in painfully slow legal proceedings that have stretched on for six years, but the class-action lawsuit over the 2013 government shutdown has entered a new phase.

Government attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss more than 2,000 federal employees who are either unidentified or ineligible for liquidated damages from a class-action lawsuit.

Federal employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz had filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of some 25,000 AFGE members who had worked without pay during the 16-day government shutdown back in 2013.

At issue was the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which Burakiewicz and AFGE said the government had violated the Anti-Deficiency Act by forcing excepted employees to work without pay during the 2013 shutdown.

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