Alaska Communications Wage and Hour Class Action

Case Description

Case Type: Wage & Hour
Company: Alaska Communications

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP represents a class of current and former sales employees in a wage and hour lawsuit against Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. and Alaska Communications Systems Holdings, Inc. (“ACS”). The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska before Judge Timothy M. Burgess.

The lawsuit alleges that ACS misclassified class members as exempt from the overtime pay requirements of the Alaska Wage and Hour Act (“AWHA”) and Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and thus unlawfully failed to pay them overtime for working more than 40 hours in a workweek. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of former ACS sales employee Laura Lee Peterson and similarly situated employees, and it seeks to recover damages, including unpaid overtime wages.

The case began after Ms. Peterson filed a charge in the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. On November 1, 2011, the agency notified ACS that it had misclassified Ms. Peterson as an exempt employee and owed her unpaid overtime compensation. After ACS rejected the agency’s determination, Ms. Peterson filed a lawsuit against ACS on behalf herself and similar sales employees, alleging both federal and Alaska state overtime claims.

On August 28, 2018, the Court certified a class which included all full-time exempt employees who work or worked for ACS in the job position that is currently titled “Client Account Manager (I, II, or III)” (formerly known as “Account Executive” or, in the case of the Carrier/Federal group, “Senior Manager” or “Sr. CAM”) in the ACS Anchorage office at any time since April 30, 2010.

If you have questions about the case against ACS, you can receive additional information by contacting Sanford Heisler Sharp at 646-402-5650.

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