NEW YORK (AP) — Security guards at Madison Square Garden who claimed they had been cheated out of overtime pay have been awarded $1.3 million.

The guards filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court in 2009, saying the garden should have paid them time and a half under federal and state laws.

Their lawyer, Robert Meister, told the Daily News that some of the guards worked as much as 60 hours a week.

The $1.3 million will be divided among the original four plaintiffs and nearly 300 other security guards.

The settlement must be approved by a federal judge. The News said MSG declined to comment.

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