There’s pretty nasty shit floating down the pipe right before Christmas and it’s headed the Domain Registrar GoDaddy. Apparently some tech specialists are going after GoDaddy legally for policies that they claim cheated them out of compensation. In short, they are bitching about having to work through lunch breaks, having to arrive early to their workstations, and staying late to finish up current service calls they may have been on. They are claiming that GoDaddy required them to perform these work tasks without pay. Currently, they are seeking class-action stats which could add even more crap to the suit.
The case is Casey Corbin, Christopher Flournoy, Toby Harris and Allan Reeser v. GoDaddy Group Inc. The case number is 12-CV-00370-SRB. Just Google it because apparently, this shit has been going on for quite awhile now as GoDaddy is fighting it.
Michelle Matheson, a partner with Matheson & Matheson and the attorney of record on the suit, and Eric Epstein, an employment attorney in Los Angeles, represent the former employees of GoDaddy, all of whom worked in the company’s inbound contact center in Arizona as technical sales and support specialists. Specifically they are alleging that they were not correctly paid overtime under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
When reached for comment by the E-Commerce Times, GoDaddy declined to respond to the allegations.
“We don’t comment on pending litigation but have every intention of vigorously defending ourselves,” GoDaddy spokesperson Nick Fuller told the E-Commerce Times.
If the court grants that motion, the suit would include at least 3,000 class members that the attorneys, through preliminary discovery, determined are in Arizona. They also hope to have the suit expanded to include individuals currently or previously employed in GoDaddy’s center in Iowa. When it rain, it pours. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of this going on either. Over the years, through social networks such as LinkedIn, I’ve met GoDaddy employees online and through social networking and heard some pretty horrible things about them. We absolutely refuse to work with them on any service in our Internet Marketing businesses because of poor customer service experiences we’ve had in the past.
Now, as a former Manager in the corporate world and having Employees of mine own through various companies and businesses online, I’ve had to deal with issues myself and have my own policies looked over by legal to make sure they were up to the standards of employee acceptance. Which is why this report has me a little piffed. Employees also lost pay when taking calls near the end of their shift. The company’s policy did not allow them to end the call when their shift ended — they had to see it through to resolution — “but their supervisor would adjust the time card to show they had logged out,” said Matheson.
First off, I know how selfish the Corporate world can be so honestly, I would have grabbed that Supervisor for being a dumbass and not bringing that to GoDaddy’s attention in the first place. If they knew about, then why didn’t they come forward themselves? There’s enough problems out there in the world today just getting a job (I guess, I’m out of the rat race) but to actually get a job and perform your duties and then be fucked around because a Supervisor is adjusting your time card is pretty messed up.
I’m curious how this proceeds and have the docs bookmarked to make an update in the coming months as this comes to fruitition.