AT&T Beats Class Cert. Bid In Meal Break Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (January 15, 2013, 6:34 PM EST) -- A Wisconsin federal judge on Thursday denied class and collective certification motions in a suit alleging AT&T Teleholdings Inc. and its subsidiaries neglected to compensate technicians for meal breaks, finding the plaintiffs failed to prove their situations were similar enough to warrant certification.

U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb ruled the plaintiffs — current and former field technicians employed by AT&T, Wisconsin Bell Inc. and Ameritech Services in Wisconsin — hadn't proved that their state and federal claims alleging the companies restricted meal breaks so severely that employees routinely worked through them were based on common legal questions that could be...

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