Deal calls for back pay for workers at charity for veterans

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state attorney general’s office has reached a settlement in a lawsuit that calls for back pay totaling $1 million for about 100 veterans once employed by a charity organization serving homeless vets. Court documents said the employees of the Veterans Independent Enterprises of Washington went without pay for weeks at a time in 2018 and 2019. KING-TV reported funds had been used to cover rent, utilities and other expenses for the leader of the organization, who denies the allegations. No charges have been filed. Court documents said the organization was in debt but had a current insurance policy to cover adverse actions.