Post-Katrina Repair Workers Get OT Win In 5th Circ.

Law360, New York (October 12, 2009, 6:37 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court on Monday vacated a lower court's ruling of summary judgment against two cable splicers who sued their employers — including BellSouth Telecommunications Inc. — claiming they were not paid for overtime spent restoring damaged telecommunications lines along the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

The ruling, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, noted the “permanency and extent” of the employment relationship between plaintiffs Fred Cromwell and Jeff Bankston and defendants Driftwood Electrical Contractors Inc. and BellSouth.

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