SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An employment lawsuit first filed on February 4 against Carter Brothers Security Services, LLC and AT&T Digital Life, Inc. was expanded yesterday to encompass a nationwide wage and hour class action for wronged workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees who worked for Carter Brothers on the AT&T Digital Life program anywhere in the United States are encouraged to call Rose Law at 1-800-456-3767 immediately for legal help in recovering unpaid wages.
Rose Law, attorneys for 37 current and former employees of Carter Brothers throughout the United States, alleges workers were made part of an illegal scheme to avoid payment of minimum wages, overtime, job expenses, and payroll taxes. NFL Hall of Famer and ESPN commentator Cris Carter is chairman of Carter Bros., based in Atlanta, and founded the company in 2000 with his brother John, according to the company’s website.
According to Rose Law, the workers were hired to install residential security equipment under contract with AT&T Digital Life, Inc. but were misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. They worked 50- to 60-hour workweeks without pay for overtime, travel, and training, Rose Law alleges. Most of the workers were laid off when the joint venture faltered, leaving them without unemployment benefits. Injured workers had no disability or workers’ compensation protection. Carter Brothers attempted to restrict rights of workers for its own violations of federal and state law. After Carter Brothers laid the workers off, Carter Brothers mailed letters threatening possible legal action if the workers tried to get jobs with competitors.
The lawsuit seeks damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act for employees in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington D.C., and elsewhere throughout the United States. State law claims are alleged for employees in California.
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The employees are represented by trial lawyers Joe Rose and Lisa Bradner of Rose Law APC in Gold River, California. Rose and Bradner help employees and unions in labor law matters involving unpaid wages and overtime, illegal discrimination, retaliation and catastrophic injury. Rose and Bradner have experience in multi-party, complex, and class litigation.