Retired employees of Embarq reportedly have filed a class action lawsuit against the company to have their company-provided health benefits reinstated. Embarq had discontinued benefits last year for retirees who were eligible for medicare, reportedly affecting around 10,000 former employees. This is one story that simmered throughout the second half of 2007 and finally came to a head last week with the filing of the lawsuit. Embarq and its retired employees are in the same boat as many other U.S. companies now struggling to provide benefits for an ever-growing throng of retired workers. Whatever happens next could influence how other telecom companies deal with their own retirees.
- check out this story in The Kansas City Star
- This controversy first came to light last summer