According to the Kansas City Star, a former Sprint employee has filed a lawsuit against the US telecommunications company for overworking and underpaying her. She will be represented by the same lawyer who represented a group of Sprint employees earlier this year on the same issue.
If you recall, there was a class action suit against Sprint earlier this year, in which a group of former workers claimed that the American carrier failed to pay them for the hours that they put in. Michael McGlon, the man behind the original claim, said that even though he worked around 60 hours a week, the carrier paid him only for his scheduled 40 hours. The class action suit had a total of 153 employees, and Sprint eventually chose to settle for $365,000, meaning after lawyer fees and legal costs, each employee got around $1,497.
Sprint eventually chose to settle for $365,000, meaning after lawyer fees and legal costs, each employee got around $1,497.
After hearing about their (very moderate) success, Tijuana Mingo apparently contacted the same lawyer and has since filed a second suit against Sprint. Again, she claims that she worked 45 to 50 hours a week but was paid for only 40 hours. According to the online newspaper, she terminated her employment with Sprint back in February of 2015 but has only recently found out about the class action suit. The suit alleges that “this illegal policy occurred throughout the weeks of plaintiff’s (Mingo) employment with Sprint as well as the weeks of other similarly situated employees who also routinely worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek.”
Sprint has not released an official statement, but during the first case, the carrier stated that it chose to settle in order to avoid the cost and disruption of ongoing litigation. The likelihood here is that Sprint will settle outside of court once again.