|[January 10, 2013]
Nationwide Overtime Pay Class Action Lawsuit For HP Technical Workers Filed Today, Class Counsel Announce
SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--
C. Sagafi of Lieff
Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Adam T. Klein of Outten &
Golden LLP announced the filing today of a class action lawsuit charging
that Hewlett-Packard (News - Alert) Company ("HP") (NYSE: HPQ) has a common practice of
misclassifying its technical support workers as exempt and failing to
pay them for all overtime hours worked in violation of federal overtime
pay laws. HP employs several thousand technical support workers
nationwide. Many of these employees worked at smaller companies, such as
Autonomy (News - Alert), Palm, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), 3Com, ArcSight, and 3PAR,
that have recently been acquired by HP.
"HP's success and substantial revenue come from the hard work and long
hours of its technical support workers, who keep information technology
infrastructure up and running," stated plaintiff Eric Benedict. "HP
should not be allowed to underpay these workers in violation of the law."
Plaintiff's counsel Jahan Sagafi noted, "This lawsuit seeks fair
compensation for the thousands of HP technical workers who form the
backbone of the company. Their tireless overtime work, which we allege
has bee unpaid, has helped fuel HP's success."
HP's technical support workers, who work in titles such as Technical
Solutions Consultants, Technical Solutions Representatives, Technical
Support Engineers, and Senior Technical Support Engineers, among others,
are responsible for installing, maintaining, and/or supporting computer
software and hardware. The lawsuit alleges that these workers were
unlawfully denied overtime pay.
Current and former HP employees who perform hardware or software
installation, maintenance, or support work who wish to report their work
experiences or learn more about the lawsuit should visit www.HPOTpay.com.
The web page allows witnesses and employees interested in protecting
their rights to contact plaintiffs' counsel. A short video summarizing
the case can also be seen on YouTube (News - Alert) at https://www.youtube.com/watch v=z64tRhMXgN0
The lawsuit, entitled Benedict v. Hewlett-Packard Company, Case
No. 13-0119, was filed in United States District Court in San Francisco,
About the law firms representing the employees
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a sixty-plus attorney law
firm that has represented plaintiffs nationwide since 1972. The firm has
offices in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville. Lieff Cabraser has a
comprehensive and diverse practice which includes representing employees
in wage and hour class action lawsuits seeking overtime pay. Since 2003,
the National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of
the top plaintiffs' law firms in the nation. Learn more at www.lieffcabraser.com.
Outten & Golden LLP is a thirty-plus attorney firm with offices in New
York, Chicago, and Stamford, CT. O&G represents plaintiffs in a wide
variety of employment law matters, including national class and impact
statutory discrimination cases, major class-based wage and hour
violations, and contract negotiations. More information on the firm can
be found at www.outtengolden.com.
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