We all know that HR is never boring. Sometimes, though, it can get downright
You do the math
In Chicago, officials are investigating a lawyer who routinely billed the state's
child welfare agency for more than 24 hours' work a day on uncontested adoptions.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the lawyer, Joyce Britton, "had a busy
week" in April 2001, having worked 34 hours on Monday, 44 hours on Tuesday,
29 on Wednesday, 33 on Thursday, 25 on Friday, and 42 on Saturday. On Sunday,
though, she put in a mere 3.4 hours.
Britton billed the agency $862,000 for fiscal years 2000 and 2001, according
to the Sun-Times, which noted that the second-most-active attorney handling
uncontested adoptions billed only $285,000.
"It makes her look bad, but it's not bad," said Britton's attorney,
Collins explained for the newspaper that Britton lists the hours she spends
on each case, based in part on the dates certain court documents are executed.
"She didn't necessarily do the work at the time the bill shows," he
said. "I agree that looks bad. The fact is she probably gets up at 6 and
goes to bed at 10, and there isn't enough time to do all this. It may not be
the best way, but it's honest."