After more than 150 global technical support representatives employed by Bloomberg LP sued the news and financial data service giant claiming they were unlawfully denied wages, the company has agreed to settle the case for nearly $5.5 million.
Four former technical support representatives initially filed the class action lawsuit in 2012 alleging that Bloomberg did not pay them for meal breaks and after-hours work, which resulted in them working more than 40 hours per week without overtime compensation – a violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York state labor laws. The settlement covers call center employees who worked in New York from June 2006 through March 2016.
Bloomberg recently resolved a separate class action involving other New York call center employees for $3.2 million. In that case, the plaintiffs alleged that they were wrongfully classified as exempt employees under FSLA, an attempt by the company to circumvent overtime requirements.
The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Employment Litigation Group have represented thousands of call center workers who have been unlawfully denied overtime compensation. If you suspect that you are a victim of wage theft and have questions regarding your right to compensation, please contact us today – we can help.