San Francisco, CA: An unpaid overtime class action lawsuit has been filed over allegations that Hewlett-Packard Company ("HP") (NYS: HPQ) has a common practice of misclassifying its technical support workers as exempt and failing to pay them for all overtime hours worked in violation of federal overtime pay laws.
HP employs several thousand technical support workers nationwide. Many of these employees worked at smaller companies, such as Autonomy, Palm, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), 3Com, ArcSight, and 3PAR, that have recently been acquired by HP.
"HP's success and substantial revenue come from the hard work and long hours of its technical support workers, who keep information technology infrastructure up and running," stated plaintiff Eric Benedict. "HP should not be allowed to underpay these workers in violation of the law."
HP's technical support workers, who work in titles such as Technical Solutions Consultants, Technical Solutions Representatives, Technical Support Engineers, and Senior Technical Support Engineers, among others, are responsible for installing, maintaining, and/or supporting computer software and hardware. The lawsuit alleges that these workers were unlawfully denied overtime pay.
The lawsuit, entitled Benedict v. Hewlett-Packard Company, Case No. 13-0119, was filed in United States District Court in San Francisco, California. Plaintiffs are represented by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Outten & Golden LLP.