Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuit Against Charter Communications Finds a Resolution
St. Louis, MO – Charter Communications and plaintiffs in the wage and hour class action lawsuit Marc Goodell, et. al. v. Charter Communications, LLC, Case No. 3:08-cv-00512-C, have reached a settlement of all claims alleged in the lawsuit. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin preliminarily approved the settlement on May 20, 2010. The settlement, which remains subject to final approval by Judge Crabb, will fully resolve all of the plaintiffs’ and class members’ wage and overtime claims in exchange for the payment by Charter of $18 million. The class includes current and former employees who worked for Charter in certain field technician positions in California, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Nebraska during specified class periods. Plaintiffs alleged that the class was not adequately compensated for all of the work they performed.
It is and has been Charter’s policy to pay its hourly employees for all hours worked, and Charter has denied any liability under the settlement. “We settled this lawsuit to remove the distraction and expense that comes with preparing a case like this for trial. Our technicians are critical to providing a superior experience for our customers and we need them to be focused on what is most important – taking care of our customers,” said Greg Doody, Charter Communications’ Executive Vice President and General Counsel.
Named plaintiffs and participating class members are represented by Michael J. Modl of Axley Brynelson, LLP and Robert J. Gingras of Gingras, Cates & Wachs, S.C. “We believe that this settlement is fair and reasonable for the class as a whole,” said Robert Gingras.
Charter is represented by David Dunn of Hogan Lovells US LLP and Barbara A. Neider of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP.
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