AT&T Hit with Two More FLSA Class Actions

December 18, 2009 ( law firm specializing in class action employment law cases has filed two suits alleging AT&T violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by misclassifying employees as overtime exempt.

The American Lawyer reported that Sanford Wittels & Heisler filed one such suit in Atlanta and one in San Francisco, which both seek damages and back pay for about 5,000 current and former AT&T employees.

The suits allege that even though the workers were called “first level” managers, they have no managerial authority or duties. In fact, the suits claim, many perform clerical tasks or simply pass along information from executives to technicians.

AT&T provided a statement to the American Lawyer saying: “AT&T values its employees and complies with all federal and state wage and hour laws. We have no comment on these cases.”

Sanford Wittels already has a pending wage-and-hour case against telecom company SNET, in Connecticut federal court, according to the American Lawyer.