AT&T has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by a group of sales consultants and assistant store managers who claimed the company withheld compensation in a violation of California labor laws.

The plaintiffs accused AT&T Mobility of inadequate staffing, which resulted in a failure to pay non-exempt employees premium wages for having to work during rest periods, meal breaks, and after store-closing hours. They also alleged that they were not compensated for time spent waiting for electronic work devices (such as iPads) to be issued or returned to them.

The class covers more than 9,400 AT&T employees who worked for the company from April 30, 2010 through June 30, 2015.

According to Law 360 (subscription required), as part of the settlement the telecom giant will also modify its company policies regarding breaks and premium compensation and implement procedures so that all supervisors and employees are aware of these policies.

The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Employment Litigation Group handle all types of employment and labor actions, and have represented thousands of workers in minimum wage, overtime, and equal pay issues. If you have questions regarding your employment or unlawful withholding of your hard-earned compensation, please contact us today.

Jason J. Thompson

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Jason Thompson is a nationally board certified trial attorney and co-chairs Sommers Schwartz’s Complex Litigation Department. He has a formidable breadth of litigation experience, including class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL), and practices nationwide in both state and federal courts.