Feds sue AT&T over worker suspensions

The government has sued AT&T over allegations it suspended 13 Ohio workers without pay for one to three days for reporting workrelated injuries.
Associated Press
Feb 11, 2014


The U.S. Department of Labor said the lawsuit filed Monday against Ohio Bell Telephone Co., doing business as AT&T, asks a federal judge in Cleveland to halt the alleged practice and award the workers back pay.

The lawsuit says the suspensions were retaliation for reporting on-the-job injuries including a shoulder sprain and rib and vertebra fractures.

A spokesman said AT&T is committed to following employment laws and believes the lawsuit has no merit.

Five disciplined employees are based in Columbus, two in Brooklyn Heights near Cleveland, two in Canton and one each in Akron, Cleveland, Gallipolis in southern Ohio and Uhrichsville, south of Canton.