The complaint alleges TDS required Network Specialists to work overtime in order to complete all their work but failed to pay overtime pay for the overtime hours worked.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 05, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ — On January 22nd, 2024, a former employee of TDS Telecom initiated a lawsuit alleging the company misclassified its Network Specialists as salaried exempt and did not pay overtime.

According to Complaint, the Named Plaintiff alleges the primary job duties of a Network Specialist (I, II, and Senior) consist of communicating with TDS Telecom’s contracted vendors and construction companies regarding project design plans, entering design data for cost auto-calculation, obtaining the necessary permits for construction, and submitting project plans to Defendant’s managers and oversight board for approval. The Complaint further alleges TDS Telecom assigned Network Specialists heavy workloads and required them to work overtime in order to complete all their work but failed to pay overtime pay for the overtime hours worked.

The lawsuit is filed as a putative collective action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and a putative Colorado Rule 23 class action under Colorado state law. The action seeks to recover unpaid overtime compensation and liquidated (double) damages for the workers impacted by TDS Telecom’s job position misclassification.

Plaintiff’s attorney, Daniel S. Brome of Nichols Kaster, LLP, explained, “the law generally requires that employers pay overtime premiums when employees work more than 40 hours in a workweek. The Network Specialists here performed the frontline work in TDS’s business, not exempt functions.”

TDS Telecom is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. an American telecommunications company. TDS Telecom delivers internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to communities throughout the United States.

Plaintiff is represented by Reena I. Desai from Nichols Kaster, PLLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Daniel S. Brome from Nichols Kaster, LLP in San Francisco, California. The case is Mott v. TDS Telecom Service, LLC et al, Case No.: 1:24-CV-00185 (District of Colorado Denver).

Additional information about how to make a claim in the case may be found at or by calling Nichols Kaster, PLLP at (612) 256-3200.

Nichols Kaster, PLLP, an employee, consumer, and civil rights firm has dedicated over 45 years to fighting for clients in individual and class action matters. With offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco, California, the firm is perfectly situated for the work it does representing plaintiffs in cases across the country. The firm has recently received a First Tier ranking on the 2024 Best Law Firms List in Minneapolis for Litigation-Labor and Employment by U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

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