Sprint was hit with a second overtime pay lawsuit several months after settling a nearly identical dispute with its employees, with one Tijuana Mingo opting to press charges against the company with the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas in Kansas City on Tuesday. The litigation is prompted by the $365,000 settlement reached after some other Sprint employees filed for litigation in early 2016, with Ms. Mingo not participating in the original lawsuit but now also looking to get what she believes Sprint owes. Ms. Mingo left Sprint in February of 2015, having previously worked as a salesperson for business customers, and claims she was also pressured into underreporting her working hours, being paid for 40-hour weeks despite clocking between 45 to 50 hours over every such period.
Ms. Mingo says she missed out on the first lawsuit because she wasn't aware of it until the matter has already been resolved but decided to press charges after learning about the case from a former co-worker who was covered by the first settlement. She's represented by the same attorney who brought the first lawsuit to Sprint, with Brent Hankins telling Kansas City Star that more people have already joined in, suggesting the number of new litigants is higher than what he would usually expect in the aftermath of a successful overtime pay lawsuit. Sprint is aware of the complaint but is only looking to address it in court instead of publicly commenting on it.
While Ms. Mingo may have a case against Sprint, her argument likely won't be able to rely on the previously set precedent because the settlement required the original plaintiffs to drop the claims Sprint owed them unpaid wages. The new litigants may be hoping for a similar outcome even though the original ruling signed by both parties explicitly states Sprint's alleged violations of any labor laws haven't been proven and the litigants agree Sprint isn't admitting to guilt by paying into the settlement fund as it only wants to minimize the costs of the judicial proceedings. The new lawsuit has yet to gain a class-action status but has the potential to do so in the coming months. Sprint already faced a high-profile lawsuit this year and isn't the only wireless carrier in the country that recently got involved in a public dispute with its employees.