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Magistrate Backs Collective Status For AT&T Workers

Law360 (February 20, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A group of AT&T Corp. call center workers is a step closer to winning collective action status in its overtime action against the telecommunications giant after a magistrate judge recommended conditionally certifying the group Thursday.

In a report to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell, said the plaintiffs — from Pennsylvania, Texas, Missouri and Massachusetts — had met their burden of establishing that they were similarly situated.

Judge Mitchell found that the plaintiffs, represented by plaintiffs firm...
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