ABBEY SPANIER INVESTIGATES IBM FOR UNFAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES RELATED TO UNPAID OVERTIME COMPENSATION, INTERRUPTED MEAL AND REST BREAKS AND OFF-THE-CLOCK WORK
Abbey Spanier is currently investigating IBM for unfair employment practices. IBM allegedly does not pay its employees who work in call centers throughout the country for work performed before and after their scheduled shifts and forces these employees to work during their meal and rest breaks and off-the-clock.
IBM allegedly pays its call center employees on an hourly basis but does not pay them overtime pay for all time worked in excess of 40 hours per week. Defendants allegedly only pay call center employees for their scheduled hours (typically an eight hour shift), rather than for all time actually worked, including the time that IBM requires call center employees to arrive at work prior to the start of their scheduled shifts to perform essential tasks, including booting up their computers, starting computer applications and performing other duties so they are ready to field customer calls immediately at the start of their scheduled shift and to stay after their shift to complete calls they are handling. However, IBM allegedly does not compensate their employees for any of this "off the clock" work.
Federal and state wage and hour laws require that an employer pay employees for all time worked and time and a half for each hour worked in excess of 40 hours in a given workweek.
Abbey Spanier has been representing employees in class actions and collective actions in federal and state courts throughout the United States for over a decade. Please visit our unfair employment practices page for more information about the firm's recent recoveries. If you are a current or former employee of IBM and would like to discuss our investigation, please tell us your story.