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Cable Installer, Repair Technician Overtime Lawsuits

This Investigation Affects:

Anyone who works or has worked as a cable installer or cable repair technician and suspects they were not paid properly.

What's Going On?
Lawsuits are being filed claiming that some telecommunications companies are cheating cable repair technicians and installers out of proper pay, including overtime wages.
What You Can Do
If you work or have worked as a cable repair technician or installer, fill out the form on this page. An attorney may then reach out to you directly to help determine whether you can join or start a new class action lawsuit.
What's the Catch?
There is none! Attorneys we work with have reason to believe some cable installers and repair technicians are getting ripped off – and they're trying to help these people get back the wages they're owed. It doesn't cost anything to talk to a lawyer and you're never obligated to take legal action after contacting us.

Class action lawsuits are now being filed on behalf of cable installers and cable repair workers who say they’re not being paid properly. If you work or have worked as a cable installer or repair technician, read on for more information or get in touch with us to find out if you too have a case for unpaid wages.

What Do the Lawsuits Claim the Companies Are Doing Wrong?

The suits claim some telecommunications companies are illegally classifying their cable installers and repair workers as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime.

In addition, some lawsuits claim that even when these workers are classified as employees, their employers are finding other ways to avoid paying them properly.

This, the suits claim, can include deducting time for meal breaks that the employees worked through and improperly deducting money from workers’ paychecks for “misplaced” equipment and appointments where clients did not show up.

How Can I Tell If I’m an Independent Contractor or Employee?

In general, the more control the company has over you, the more likely it is that you are an employee and not an independent contractor. Cable installers and repair workers are claiming they can’t be considered contractors under the law because:

  • They’re required to wear uniforms bearing the company’s logo
  • They’re required to check in with the company every morning and night
  • The company tracks their whereabouts via a cell phone GPS app
  • The company requires that the workers be available during a certain timeframe
  • The company has strict standards about how workers are to perform on the job  

The suits also point out that the “contracted” repair technicians and installers perform the same tasks as “in-house” workers.

You can read more about the difference between independent contractors and employees here.

Workers Also Complain of Wage Deductions, Failure to Track Hours Worked

Lawsuits are also claiming that some telecommunications companies are breaking state and federal labor law by:

  • Charging workers for misplaced equipment, parking tickets and appointments where clients were a no-show
  • Deducting meal breaks that the employees worked through
  • Requiring workers to pay for their own cell phones, boots and tools
  • Failing to record total hours worked by each installer or repair technician  
  • Failing to issue wage statements
  • Failing to pay overtime for hours worked past 40 in a workweek

How a Class Action Can Help

A class action lawsuit can help workers recover compensation for their unpaid straight (regular) or overtime hours, as well as any deductions that were illegally made on their paychecks. Furthermore, class action lawsuits can send a strong message to companies who fail to pay their workers properly and may require by court order that they change their business practices.

If you work or have worked as a cable installer or repair technician and were denied overtime or otherwise not paid properly, fill out the form on this page. Once you get in touch, one of the attorneys handling this investigation may reach out to you directly for more information. It doesn’t cost anything to talk to a lawyer and you’re never obligated to take any legal action simply because you want to learn more about your rights. 

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