Approximately 5,000 former BellSouth employees have filed two class action lawsuits against AT&T seeking $1 billion in unpaid overtime compensation. According to the allegations in the Complaint, BellSouth originally paid workers called “First Level Managers,” overtime before AT&T took over BellSouth a few years ago. The lawsuit alleges that, in order to avoid paying overtime, AT&T changed the name/title of the First Level Managers and classified these workers as exempt from receiving overtime pay. The actual job duties, however, remained substantially the same as the old First Level Manager duties, according to the suit.
The lawsuit points out that the workers filing the lawsuit were at the bottom of a seven-tier management hierarchy and that they performed very few managerial duties. In addition to having limited supervisory roles, these AT&T workers were occasionally required to work up to 100 hours without receiving any overtime pay.
In an effort to help workers who have been wrongly denied their overtime compensation, our firm routinely pursues class action litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act to recover unpaid overtime wages. For more information on this subject you can contact Larry Golston or Lance Gould at 1-800-898-2034 or by email at Larry.Golston@beasleyallen.com or Lance.Gould@beasleyallen.com. You can also visit our firms’ website at www.beasleyallen.com.
Source: www.fiercetelecom.com and www.newyorkemploymentlawyerblog.com
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