Coast Guard recruits are among a small but growing group of American military and civilian workers who could be forced to work overtime or on government contracts without pay in an unprecedented case that could put millions of people out of work.
The ruling from a U.K. court Thursday was the latest development in a case brought by a class-action suit.
U.N. human rights investigators say the Coast Guard was negligent in its handling of a complaint against the company it hired in 2011.
It also alleges that the company violated human rights laws by failing to provide proper medical and other health screenings for its recruits.
U and U. S. District Court Judge Thomas J. Murphy of New York ruled in favor of the Coast Guards’ lawyer, who argued that the Coast guard was required to provide overtime pay to recruits as required by federal law.
Murphy ruled that the class-actions lawsuit, which seeks class-wide pay and benefits for Coast Guard members, is barred because it is not based on actual cases of forced labor.
“The government, which claims it is entitled to all or most of the benefits of a class action, fails to explain the need for such relief,” Murphy wrote.
The Coast Guard declined to comment.
The lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which said the Coast is being forced to do extra work and not provide adequate health care or adequate food and lodging.
“It is unconscionable that Coast Guard officers are required to work beyond the normal working hours to serve the Coast,” the organization said in a statement.
The group said that Coast Guards officers were not required to show up for mandatory training in a timely manner, and that the delays were due to the Coast’s inadequate training.
The case centers on the U-2 spy plane and its launch on Jan. 28, 2011.
The plane carried three U.s from the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Airport in New Orleans to the Pentagon in Washington.
The four crew members were evacuated from the plane shortly after takeoff, but the plane landed safely in the Gulf of Mexico.
The U-1 was on a routine reconnaissance mission, and two other crew members returned to the UPL in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The three U-boats returned to U.L.O. at St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.
The five crew members remained aboard the UU-2 as it landed in Miami, where they were joined by a Coast Guard plane.
The two Coast Guard planes took off, and the Coast was forced to scramble to get the UUs to the surface.
The agency says the Coast then conducted a thorough search and determined the three UUs were uninhabitable.
The Department of Homeland Security, which owns the Coast, says the plane crashed after takeoff into the Gulf, but that it was not a U-boat.
The crew members, who are among the first Coast Guard to be deployed overseas, were evacuated and returned to St. Pete.
Murphy said the government has not disclosed any additional details about the investigation.
The judge found that the U1s and U-Bs were not part of a military program that would allow them to be used to carry out intelligence-gathering.
The investigation also found that Coast guards were not told of the UO-2’s location or the location of the other U-planes.
Murphy also said the search and rescue crew members who were on the aircraft did not have training to deal with search and recovery, and were not provided medical and medical testing.
The government is appealing the ruling.