Reaching out and touching some people
8.17.2012 Leave a comment
AT&T has an answer which it puts into practice. The corporate giant believes it has the property rights needed to control the actions of its workers even when those workers are on break:
AT&T technicians in Indiana have filed a lawsuit alleging that the company has put “heavy restrictions” on how they can spend their unpaid lunch breaks [emphasis added]. The complaint says that while employees can spend unpaid lunch breaks eating in company vehicles, they aren’t allowed to read newspapers, nap, use personal computers, or listen to portable music players, such as iPods. The company also restricts how far workers can go from a job site during their unpaid lunch breaks to less than one-half mile. The lawsuit alleges that the restrictions violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and create an atmosphere where workers instead feel obligated to work through their lunch break, but don’t get paid for that work. The objective of the lawsuit is to have AT&T’s unpaid lunch breaks ruled illegal.
This is what labor discipline looks like in a low-employment labor market.
- AT&T Workers Claim Lunch Violations (abcnews.go.com)
- Worst Lunch Break Ever? AT&T Techs Not Allowed To Read, Turn On Air-Condtioning, Suit Alleges (huffingtonpost.com)
- Workers Log An Extra 16 Days A Year, Unpaid, By Gobbling Lunch At Desk (huffingtonpost.com)
- Stressed workers giving bosses 16 days a year by not taking lunch (thesun.co.uk)
- One in five office workers never takes a lunch break. Is this you? (raydiancereiki.wordpress.com)