NEW YORK, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Getronics Wang LLC, which employs thousands of information and communication technology (ICT) workers in the New York area and elsewhere, allegedly violated federal and New York state labor laws by misclassifying workers as exempt from overtime pay and underpaying them, according to a lawsuit filed late Thursday. Former Getronics employee Kevin Hughes, of Rockaway Beach, N.Y., alleges in the lawsuit that Getronics misclassifies "desktop support specialists" as exempt from coverage of the overtime provisions of the FLSA and New York labor Law without reference to the types of duties these workers performed. According to the Complaint, "As part of its regular business practice, the Defendant has intentionally, willfully, and repeatedly engaged in a pattern, practice, and/or policy of violating the FLSA and the New York Labor Law." The law firms of Outten & Golden LLP, of New York, and Bruckner Burch PLLC, of Houston, represent Hughes, and will seek to have the case certified as a class action that includes "all persons who work or have worked for Getronics as 'Desktop Support Specialists' since Nov. 13, 2001. Hughes worked for Getronics from approximately January 2006 through approximately June 2007. Richard J. (Rex) Burch, of Bruckner Burch PLLC in Houston, said, "We allege that Getronics failed to keep accurate records, that these workers were not paid proper overtime wages, and that Getronics' violation of the overtime laws was willful." Justin M. Swartz, of Outten & Golden's New York office, said, "This case could include thousands of workers, and we believe that there are many similarly situated current and former Getronics employees who have been underpaid in violation of the law." The case is "Hughes v. Getronics Wang LLC" (No. 07 CV 10356) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Attorney Contacts: Justin M. Swartz, Outten & Golden LLP, New York, 212-245-1000, http://www.outtengolden.com ; and Richard J. (Rex) Burch, Bruckner Burch PLLC, Houston, 713-877-8788.
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