Class Action for DirecTV Installers Proceeds

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota allowed workers who install and maintain DirecTV satellite systems to proceed as a class.  The lawsuit for unpaid wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act was brought by Carlton Edwards and others against Multiband Corporation, one of DirecTV’s largest full-service home service providers (HSP’s). Multiband is responsible for 20% of the installation and maintenance of DirecTV’s satellite equipment for single-family homes throughout the nation, operating in 16 states. It claimed that the workers were really employees or independent contractors of other companies with whom Multiband subcontracted.  The court found that Multiband directly controlled the work done by the technicians, including requiring them to start a job at a certain time, clock-in with a Multiband dispatcher, perform the job within a certain time frame, pass inspections by Multiband for the work done, and attend Multiband classes to stay current with Multiband policies and procedures.  Other DirecTV HSP’s have been sued for similar pay practices.

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