News Year: 2009

Workers: AT&T owes $1 billion in overtime pay

December 16th, 2009

As it appeared in Reuters Telephone operator faces two class-action suits representing about 5,000  NEW YORK – AT&T Inc workers are suing the telephone operator for an estimated $1 billion in overtime payments in two class action lawsuits that say it is wrongly depriving about 5,000 employees of overtime pay. The lawsuits say that a […]

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AT&T target of $1 billion class-action lawsuits from employees

December 16th, 2009

As it appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Andrew Longstreth The employment class action firm Sanford Wittels & Heisler won’t be invited to AT&T’s holiday party. Sanford Wittels already has a pending wage and hour case against one of the telecom’s subsidiaries, SNET, in Connecticut federal court. And on Wednesday, it filed two more cases […]

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Female Sales Reps Get A Trial Date Against Novartis

October 23rd, 2009

As it appeared in The National Law Journal By Tresa Baldas A federal judge has cleared the way for thousands of female pharmaceutical representatives to tell a jury about alleged discriminatory work practices at Novartis. The Basel, Switzerland-based pharmaceutical giant had sought to toss out the class action involving 5,600 sales reps, but instead the […]

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Read the U.S. Department of Labor’s Amicus Brief contending that Novartis Sales Representatives are entitled to overtime pay

October 15th, 2009

By Ryan Davis Law360, New York (October 15, 2009) — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reverse a lower court’s ruling that a putative class of Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. sales representatives is exempt from federal overtime requirements. The brief, filed […]

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DOL Backs Novartis Sales Reps in FLSA Suit Appeal

October 15th, 2009

By Ryan Davis Law360, New York (October 15, 2009) — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reverse a lower court’s ruling that a putative class of Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. sales representatives is exempt from federal overtime requirements. The brief, filed […]

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Labor Dept: Sales Reps Should Be Paid Overtime

October 15th, 2009

As it appeared in Pharmalot By Ed Silverman Novartis sales reps fighting for overtime pay just got a powerful ally. The US Department of Labor filed an amicus brief with a federal appeals court contending that a lower court was wrong to toss their lawsuit, The Pink Sheet’s Brenda Sandburg reports. In an Oct. 13 […]

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Novartis Sales Representatives Covered by Wage Laws, U.S. Says

October 15th, 2009

As it appeared in Bloomberg By Margaret Cronin Fisk Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) — Novartis AG’s sales representatives are covered by federal wage-and-hour laws requiring payment of overtime, the U.S. Labor Department said in a filing, asking a federal court to reverse dismissal of a lawsuit. Current and former members of the U.S. sales force of […]

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Lawsuit Seeking $100M Claims UPS Denies Account Managers Overtime Pay

September 20th, 2009

Lawsuit Seeking $100 Million Claims UPS Denies Account Managers Overtime Pay Aproposed collective and class action lawsuit filed Aug. 19 seeks $100 million in unpaid compensation and damages on claims that United Parcel Service Inc. has failed to pay overtime compensation to at least 100 account managers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act […]

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UPS sued for $100M in OT pay

September 20th, 2009

As it appeared in The Business Journal A California woman has sued United Parcel Service Inc., claiming the Atlanta-based shipping giant has withheld some $100 million in overtime wages from account managers it employs across the country. The suit, filed in federal court in San Diego by Sanford Wittels & Heisler LLP on behalf of […]

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Lawsuit Alleges Valero Underpays Convenience-Store Workers

September 10th, 2009

As it appeared in Dow Jones HOUSTON – (Dow Jones)- A federal class-action lawsuit was filed Monday against Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) accusing the company of underpaying and overworking convenience-store employees. The lawsuit could result in a judgment of up to $100 million, according to Steven Wittels, attorney for the plaintiffs, of Sanford Wittels & […]

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D.C. firm goes West for wage-and-hour offensive

August 24th, 2009

As it appeared in Incisive Media Amanda Bronstad Washington’s Sanford Wittels & Heisler has filed its fourth wage-and-hour class action in California within the past three months after expanding its San Francisco office. On Aug. 19, the firm filed a $100 million class action against United Parcel Service Inc. on behalf of at least 5,000 […]

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UPS Faces Overtime Lawsuit

August 24th, 2009

As it appeared in the Journal of Commerce California class-action case claims sales managers faced unpaid time A class-action lawsuit filed against UPS last week claims the delivery giant has been withholding as much as $100 million in overtime wages from account managers throughout the United States. Filed with the U.S. District Court for the […]

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UPS Worker Sues for Overtime; Case Seeks up to $100M in Damages

August 20th, 2009

As it appeared in the ABA Journal By Martha Neil A United Parcel Service Inc. account manager has sued the package delivery service in federal court in San Diego, Calif., for alleged unpaid overtime. If the class action status that Laura Meza is seeking is OK’d by the trial judge, the suit could involve as […]

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Worker claims in $100M class-action lawsuit that shipping giant UPS didn’t pay overtime

August 19th, 2009

As it appeared in the Associated Press HARRY R. WEBER AP Business Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Shipping giant UPS is being accused of not paying overtime to account managers who go door-to-door making sales pitches to businesses. Laura Meza, a Whittier, Calif., resident who has worked at UPS since it acquired her previous employer trucking […]

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‘Building’ a good case

July 21st, 2009

As it appeared in the New York Post By CATHY BURKE She was a rare female in the male-dominated construction industry — but the hard hats turned out to be hard-hearted, she claims in a lawsuit. Former safety coordinator Bianca Wisniewski filed suit yesterday for $20 million over claims she was sexually harassed by a male […]

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