According to media reports, AT&T employees from across the country have filed a class action lawsuit against the company claiming that it did not pay training specialists legally required overtime wages.
RCRWireless.com reported that the lawsuit was filed in the federal court in the Central District of California. The lawsuit claims that under state and federal laws, AT&T misclassified training specialists as overtime-exempt employees.
The plaintiffs’ claim that they are often forced to work long hours, including nights and weekends, for which they are not properly compensated. They claim that this is a direct violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as California law.
“My fellow Designers and Instructors and I work hard for AT&T and take pride in contributing to its success,” a plaintiff in the case said, according to RCRWireless. “We just ask that we be paid fairly under the law.”
Those who are involved in the lawsuit include current and former training designers, and instructors who have worked at AT&T over the last three years or those who have worked in the same positions for the past four years in California.
I Am Losing Money Because I’m Misclassified. Should I Speak to an Attorney?
As we have reported in previous blogs, employee misclassification is illegal. Sometimes this occurs when employers classify employees in management roles when they are not in a supervisory position—this is done to prevent them from obtaining overtime. Often employees who are misclassified work more than 40 hours per week and employers are not willing to pay them the extra money for their labor.
If you have experienced wage and overtime issues at work, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney. You may be entitled to back wages and damages. In most cases, you should be paid for ALL of the hours you work if you are an hourly employee or not in a management position.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys