AT&T: Stop Retaliating against Employees and Bring Corbin Back
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On December 20, 2017, the California State Labor Commissioner’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) completed its investigation of a retaliation complaint filed by AT&T Premises Technician/CWA Steward Corbin Mezner. The DLSE ruled AT&T unlawfully perpetrated 6 adverse acts of retaliation against Corbin, including termination, for reporting a safety hazard and refusing to perform work that violated a health and safety standard. AT&T violated Labor Code sections 98.6, 1102.5, 6310 and 6311, and was ordered by the DLSE to “offer to the employee full and unconditional reinstatement” in addition to lost wages and penalties within 30 days.
It’s now a month since the deadline and AT&T has not made any attempt to comply with the orders.
The next step is for the DLSE to enforce its order through court proceedings, however that could add many more months to a fight that’s already stretched beyond a year. AT&T’s intentional dragging out of the judicial process accomplishes two objectives. 1.) Prolong Corbin’s economic ruin for as long as possible 2.) Send a clear warning to employees; shut up and do as your told or else. Now, KEEP DISPATCHING!
This is OUR fight. If we don’t stand together and demand AT&T immediately reinstate Corbin’s employment as ordered, we’re all at risk of these illegal and destructive tactics. We’re all at risk of being forced to choose between our safety or livelihood. These abuses will continue and will get worse as the company sacrifices our health and safety in the pursuit of higher profits.
It’s time AT&T understands we will not accept blatant violations of the law. It’s time AT&T realizes we will not allow our safety to be jeopardized, nor will we tolerate retaliation and abuse towards our brothers and sisters. An injustice to one is an attack against all.
AT&T writes its policies claiming safety and strict ethical practices are the top priorities of its corporate culture. As employees we’re disciplined for any reported safety incident or any failure to adhere to the COBC. If AT&T’s double standard is unacceptable to you, let them know by signing this petition and please add a comment if you can. After signing, please forward the link to everyone you know.
Read the Notice AT&T is required to post. They won’t, so we did. http://goo.gl/9cS87m
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