CLEVELAND (AP) — The government has sued AT&T over allegations that it suspended 13 workers without pay for one to three days for reporting work-related injuries in Ohio.
The U.S. Labor Department says the lawsuit filed Monday against Ohio Bell Telephone Co., doing business as AT&T, asks a federal judge in Cleveland to halt the alleged practice and award the workers back pay.
The lawsuit says the suspensions were handed down as retaliation after workers reported on-the-job injuries including a shoulder sprain and rib and vertebra fractures.
A company spokesman says AT&T is looking into the lawsuit.
Five disciplined employees are based in Columbus, two in Brooklyn Heights near Cleveland, two in Canton and one each in Akron, Cleveland, Gallipolis (gal-ih-poh-LEES’) in southern Ohio and Uhrichsville (YUR’-iks-vil) south of Canton.