Charter to spend $18 million to settle workers' class action suit

Charter Communications will pay $18 million to current and former employees but admit no wrongdoing to settle a class action suit filed in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin. The settlement, agreed upon by both sides, still needs to be approved by Judge Barbara Crabb and is expected to resolve all claims by the employees.

The affected employees worked in "certain field technician positions" throughout Charter's franchise areas in California, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Nevada, Washington State, Oregon and Nebraska where they alleged they were not adequately compensated for hours worked or overtime. Charter, in a news release denied any liability and quoted general counsel Greg Doody as saying that it "settled this lawsuit to remove the distraction and expense that comes with preparing a case like this for trial."

Field technicians, he added, "are critical" and should remain focused on providing customer service, not suing the MSO.

For more:
- see this news release

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