OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A judge has ruled that California owes state engineers and scientists back wages, saying the state was excessive in its use of furloughs last year. The Sacramento Bee reported that the ruling Thursday in Alameda County Superior Court could result in some 13,000 workers getting more than $10 million in back pay. The time period covered under the ruling covers furloughs ordered under the administrations of both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown. The judgment awarded back pay to members of the Professional Engineers in California Government and California Association of Professional Scientists, which argued that their members were illegally furloughed for two days in March 2011. The scientists’ group applauded the ruling, saying it proved the furlough plan was illegal and did not save the state money.
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