Workers Reach Overtime Settlement with GDIT
Former GDIT call center representatives have reached a settlement with the company to resolve their allegations that the company failed to pay proper overtime wages. GDIT sold its federal call center business to MAXIMUS, in November 2018.
The proposed settlement, if approved by a judge, will result in the 182 former GDIT employees who joined the lawsuit splitting $80,000 in back wages.
The federal lawsuit was filed in April 2018 after GDIT workers reported to the Communications Workers of America that they believed the company had not properly tracked and compensated them for all hours worked. They had routinely performed preliminary work tasks that were not included in the company's "on-the-clock" timekeeping system, including logging into phones and computers, checking and responding to emails, and coordinating and scheduling calls and meetings.
This is a positive step in our fight against wage theft and for fair pay, which began at GDIT and continues at MAXIMUS. It shows what workers are capable of when we join together to make change at work. Federal contractors like GDIT and MAXIMUS must hear us loud and clear: we are united for respect, fair pay, and a union.
"This proposed settlement shows that when we come together and organize, we can win," said Adrian Powe, a Hattiesburg, Miss., call center worker and a plaintiff in the lawsuit. "We will be continuing our fight to hold Maximus, our new employer, accountable. This is only the beginning of our efforts to join together to improve working conditions."
For more information and to get involved contact our organizers at CallCenterWorkers@cwa-union.orgor 202-434-1129