A nationwide class action lawsuit filed today accuses Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC), a global information technology services company, of violating federal and state employment laws by failing to pay overtime compensation to its System Administrators.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of all System Administrators throughout the United States by the law firms of Outten & Golden LLP, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson P.C., and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP in Connecticut federal court. System Administrators install, support, and maintain CSC’s clients’ computer hardware and software, according to the complaint.
Named Plaintiff Joseph Strauch said, “We System Administrators have worked long hours for CSC and its clients, contributing to CSC’s revenues and success. I hope that this lawsuit will enable my fellow System Administrators to get paid in accordance with the law.”
In performing routine hardware and software installation, maintenance, and support work for CSC’s clients throughout the United States, System Administrators often work long hours, including late into the night and on weekends. The plaintiffs allege that CSC has misclassified its System Administrators throughout the United States as exempt from overtime pay under federal and state law, and failed to pay them for all hours actually worked in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), as well as Connecticut and California law.
Such employment law violation allegations are not new to CSC, the law firms said. The company was the defendant in a similar lawsuit, Giannetto v. Computer Sciences Corporation, which was settled in 2005 for $24 million in overtime payments to technical support workers.
Attorney Daniel M. Hutchinson of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, said, “Legal action is required to remind a technology company like CSC of its obligations under the law not to take advantage of its technical support workers by underpaying them.”
Plaintiffs’ counsel Jahan C. Sagafi, of Outten & Golden LLP, said, “This lawsuit seeks fair compensation for the many CSC System Administrators who have poured their hearts into ensuring CSC’s success.”
Andrew Lah of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson P.C. said, “We hope this action will help move other companies in the technology industry into compliance with federal and state employment laws.”
Current and former CSC System Administrators who wish to report their work experiences or learn more about the lawsuit should visit www.csclawsuit.com. The site allows witnesses and employees interested in protecting their rights to contact plaintiffs’ counsel.
The new case is Strauch v. Computer Sciences Corporation, Case No. 14-cv-956 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Jahan C. Sagafi
Outten & Golden LLP
Andrew Lah, Lewis
Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.
Daniel M. Hutchinson
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP