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Government sues AT&T over worker suspensions in Ohio

Associated Press

CLEVELAND: The government has sued AT&T over allegations that it suspended 13 workers without pay for one to three days for reporting work-related injuries in Ohio.

The U.S. Labor Department says the lawsuit filed Monday against Ohio Bell Telephone Co., doing business as AT&T, asks a federal judge in Cleveland to halt the alleged practice and award the workers back pay.

The lawsuit says the suspensions were handed down as retaliation after workers reported on-the-job injuries including a shoulder sprain and rib and vertebra fractures.

A company spokesman says AT&T is looking into the lawsuit.

Five disciplined employees are based in Columbus, two in Brooklyn Heights near Cleveland, two in Canton and one each in Akron, Cleveland, Gallipolis in southern Ohio and Uhrichsville south of Canton.

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