A federal judge has sided with the U.S. Department of Labor in an employee misclassification lawsuit against Fairfield-based Cascom, which lays fiber-optic lines for Time Warner Cable in the Dayton area.
The Department’s Wage and Hour Division sued two years ago, claiming Cascom incorrectly classified employees as independent contractors in order to avoid paying overtime.
The judge’s decision sets the stage for a damages hearing to assess the final amount due to the misclassified workers. Since government attorneys put the unpaid overtime tab at $800,000 and sought double damages for a willful violation, the total bill could hit $1.6 million.
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