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AT&T Sued Over Wage and Hour Dispute Of Work At Home Employees

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A class action lawsuit has been filed in the Northern District of California against AT&T Wireless alleging the company violated California Labor Code by devising an illegal scheme of mislabeling its virtual at-home call center employees, who provided billing and technical support to AT&T customers, as independent contractors in order to avoid paying worker’s compensation costs as well as state and federal taxes.

The lawsuit also alleges that AT&T also mislabeled work-at-home call center employees as independent contractors in order to avoid wage and hour requirements in violation of California employment laws. According to the law, lunch break requirements and overtime laws that protect employees are not available to independent contractors.

The lawsuit alleges that AT&T mislabeled at home call center employees because the workers are required to perform work subject to AT&T control, and the wireless company has the authority to exercise complete control over the work performed and the manner in which it is performed.

AT&T has faced lawsuits in other states regarding unpaid overtime and wage violations.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: AT&T Sued Over Wage and Hour Dispute Of Work At Home Employees was posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 8:19 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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