Alaska Communications Systems Holdings, Inc. operates as a facilities-based telecommunications services provider and local exchange carrier in Alaska. The company provides a range of telecommunications services, including local telephone, wireless, Internet, and long distance, using its own network, as well as video entertainment through its partnership arrangement with DISH Network to consumer and business customers. It also provides local telephone and wireless services on a wholesale basis. As of December 31, 2004, the company served 100,657 wireless subscribers, 295,449 local telephone access lines, 47,050 long distance customers, and 47,553 Internet subscribers. It provides its telecomm...
600 Telephone Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99503
Founded in 1998
Sanford Wittels & Heisler LLP and Lee Holen Law Office File Class and Collective Action Complaint in U.S. District Court Against Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., and Alaska Communications Systems Holdings, Inc
Apr 30 12
Attorneys from Sanford Wittels & Heisler LLP in San Francisco and Lee Holen Law Office in Anchorage filed a class and collective action complaint in U.S. District Court in Anchorage against Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc., and Alaska Communications Systems Holdings Inc., (Alaska Communications) on behalf of former employee Laura Lee Peterson and all other similarly situated sales and marketing employees. The complaint details Alaska Communications' serious and longstanding violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Alaska Wage and Hour Act (AWHA). Peterson, a resident of Anchorage, worked for Alaska Communications for almost eight years, from 2003 until mid-2011, first as a market analyst, and later in sales positions of Business Development Manager and Senior Manager of Carrier Sales. During her entire period of employment, the company deprived her of overtime pay by misclassifying her as an exempt employee. During typical workweeks at Alaska Communications, she worked more than 60 hours, without any overtime compensation. After reviewing Peterson's overtime wage claim, in November 2011 the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development determined that she was not an exempt employee of Alaska Communications and was entitled to unpaid overtime compensation and liquidated damages; however, the company has refused to abide by that determination. Peterson's complaint asserts federal overtime claims on behalf of all Alaska Communications employees who worked in a sales or marketing position below the level of Vice President anywhere in the United States from April 30, 2009 until the date of judgment. In addition, she is seeking to recover overtime wages under Alaska's state law for herself and a class of Alaska Communications sales and marketing employees who have worked for the company in Alaska at any time between April 30, 2010 and the date of judgment.