Getronics Wang LLC Violated Federal and New York Labor Laws, According to Worker's Lawsuit

Nov 16, 2007, 00:00 ET from Bruckner Burch PLLC and Outten & Golden LLP

    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, ; and Richard J. (Rex) Burch,
 Bruckner Burch PLLC, Houston, 713-877-8788.

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