Misclassification could cost Dayton cable firm $1.6 million

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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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