Alaska Communications Wage and Hour Class Action

Case Description

Case Type: Wage & Hour
Company: Alaska Communications

(April 30, 2012, Anchorage, AK) – Attorneys from Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP in San Francisco and Lee Holen Law Office in Anchorage today filed a class and collective action complaint in U.S. District Court in Anchorage against Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., and Alaska Communications Systems Holdings, Inc., (Alaska Communications) on behalf of former employee Laura Lee Peterson and all other similarly situated sales employees. The complaint details Alaska Communications’ serious and longstanding violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Alaska Wage and Hour Act (AWHA).

Peterson, a resident of Anchorage, worked for Alaska Communications for almost eight years, from 2003 until mid-2011, first as a market analyst, and later in sales positions of Business Development Manager and Senior Manager of Carrier Sales. During her entire period of employment, the company deprived her of overtime pay by misclassifying her as an exempt employee. During typical workweeks at Alaska Communications, she worked more than 60 hours, without any overtime compensation.

After reviewing Peterson’s overtime wage claim, in November 2011 the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development determined that she was not an exempt employee of Alaska Communications and was entitled to unpaid overtime compensation and liquidated damages; however, the company has refused to abide by that determination.

Peterson’s complaint asserts federal overtime claims on behalf of all full-time Alaska Communications employees, with no direct reports, whose primary job duties included selling Alaska Communications’ products and/or services to customers, and who performed work at the Alaska Communications’ Anchorage office, at any time from April 30, 2009 until the date of judgment.  In addition, she is seeking to recover overtime wages under Alaska’s state law for herself and a class of Alaska Communications sales employees who have worked for the company in Alaska at any time between April 30, 2010 and the date of judgment.

A jury trial was requested.

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