ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLANTS:            ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEES:

JEFFREY A. MODISETT                BARBARA J. BAIRD
Attorney General of Indiana                Macey, Macey and Swanson
                                Indianapolis, Indiana
JOHN LARAMORE                        
Deputy Attorney General

JAMES A. GARRARD
Deputy Attorney General
Indianapolis, Indiana


IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIANA
 INDIANA STATE EMPLOYEES APPEAL    )     Supreme Court Cause Number
COMMISSION, INDIANA STATE                  )    49S02-0101-CV-71
PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT, ET AL.,              )     
                                           )
    Appellants-Respondents,                )     
                                           )     Court of Appeals Cause Number
        v.                                 )     49A02-9810-CV-818
                                           ) 
JUDITH BISHOP and SARAH HARPOLD,           )
    Appellees-Petitioners,                 )
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INDIANA STATE EMPLOYEES APPEAL    )
COMMISSION, INDIANA STATE         )
PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT, ET AL.,        )     
                            )
    Appellants- Respondents,            )
                            )    Court of Appeals Cause Number
        v.                    )    49A02-9810-CV-819
                            )
PATRICIA GREENE, ANGELA STOWE,     )
and KAREN WALTERS,                )    
                            )
    Appellees-Petitioners.            )


APPEAL FROM THE MARION SUPERIOR COURT
The Honorable Patrick McCarty, Judge
Cause Nos.     49D03-9601-CP-48-0001

                     49D03-9601-CP-48

ON PETITION TO TRANSFER

February 2, 2001


RUCKER, Justice
    Judith Bishop, Sarah Harpold, Patricia Greene, Angela Stowe, and Karen Walters were clerical employees (referred to collectively as “Employees”) of the Rockville Training Center. Employees filed grievances with the State Employees’ Appeals Commission (“SEAC”) complaining of unlawful pay disparity. More specifically, Employees contended they were required to work 40 hours per week for the same biweekly salary received by employees in the same job classification at state offices who were required to work only 37.5 hours per week. The SEAC denied Employees’ complaint. Upon judicial review the trial court reversed the decision in part, finding among other things that Employees were entitled to back pay beginning from the date of hire. The SEAC appealed, and the Court of Appeals in separate opinions determined that the employees were entitled to back pay but only for a time period beginning ten days before they filed their respective complaints. See State Employees’ Appeals Comm’n v. Bishop, 721 N.E.2d 881 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999); State Employees’ Appeals Comm'n v. Greene, 716 N.E.2d 54 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999).
In seeking transfer See footnote Employees argue among other things that the Court of Appeals’ opinion conflicts with State v. Martin, 460 N.E.2d 986 (Ind. Ct. App. 1984). The result in that case allowed a group of Indiana State Prison teachers to obtain back pay from the time the pay disparity first affected them. Id. at 991. In this case the trial court relied on Martin in reversing the decision of the SEAC but the Court of Appeals did not. We hereby grant transfer and summarily affirm the opinion of the Court of Appeals. Ind. Appellate Rule 11(B)(5). The decision in State v. Martin is disapproved.
SHEPARD, C.J., and DICKSON and BOEHM, JJ., concur.
SULLIVAN, J., not participating.


Footnote: By Order issued contemporaneously with this opinion, we sua sponte consolidated the two appeals to consider the pending petitions to transfer.