DENVER — A group of contract workers hired as cable installers hired by Comcast recently slapped the telecommunications giant with a class action unpaid overtime lawsuit alleging the defendant failed to pay state and federal minimum wages or overtime. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, claims Comcast is responsible for the employee’s lost wages because it effectively acted as a joint employer with the contractor’s company, Icon Cable.
According to the complaint, Comcast hired the cable installers through the contractor to service customers for cable and internet installation as a means to avoid paying overtime and other benefits under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Furthermore, the defendant allegedly took deductions from the contractor’s paychecks for vehicle and tool expenses, causing the plaintiffs’ pay to drop below Colorado and federal minimum wages.
Additionally, the cable installers contracted to perform Comcast’s work were never paid overtime wages when they worked over 40 hours per week, another violation of state and federal labor laws. While Comcast denied the allegations in its response, similar cases have set a strong precedent for plaintiffs to prevail in these types of class action overtime lawsuits.
Federal Contractor Pay Laws
While the Fair Labor Standards Act does not require clients who hire independent contractors to pay these workers overtime pay and other benefits, the plaintiffs allege their relationship with Comcast and work duties made the defendant a “joint employer.” The plaintiffs claim they worked exclusively for Comcast and did not service customers for other cable companies.
As proof, the claim asserts the plaintiffs receive all their training from Comcast, wore the defendant’s uniforms, used tools specific to the job. Most importantly, the plaintiffs were allegedly supervised by Comcast which is often a major red flag when examining whether one party constitutes a joint employer. The type of behavior the defendant allegedly perpetrated is an all too common practice in the industry, padding the company’s bottom line at the expense of workers and their families.
Cable Contractor Unpaid Overtime Lawsuits
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