Federal employees who worked during the 2018-2019 government shutdown must join the lawsuit by this Sunday, December 20, to be eligible for damages. Click here to join. Heidi Burakiewicz and the law firm Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, in conjunction with AFGE, filed the first lawsuit against the U.S. government related to the 2018-2019 shutdown on behalf of federal employees who were forced to work without pay. The deadline to sign up to be a plaintiff -- the case covers all eligible affected federal employees -- in this lawsuit has been extended to December 20. Employees who fail to sign up may be ineligible to participate or receive damages.