AT&T faces $1 billion overtime payment lawsuit

AT&T has once again found itself in hot water with its employees as a group of workers have filed two class action lawsuits requesting $1 billion in overtime payments for about 5,000 employees in the former BellSouth regions.

Sanford Wittels & Heisler, the firm representing the AT&T workers, argues that the telco's policy that excludes 'first-level' managers from receiving overtime pay violates federal labor laws and California state laws.

While AT&T would not comment on the lawsuits, it did say it complies with federal and state wage laws.

A lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia representing nine former BellSouth operating states points out that these workers are at the bottom of a seven-tier management hierarchy with limited supervisory roles. Despite their limited management roles, these employees were apparently asked to work sometimes up to 100 hours without receiving any overtime pay.

For more:
- Reuters has this article

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