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.
- Reuters has this article
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