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Call-centre workers sue IQT

Former employees of call centres in Ontario who claim they were firedwithout receiving their last paycheque have filed a class-action lawsuitagainst the U.S.-based company they used to work for.

Former employees of call centres in Ontario who claim they were fired without receiving their last paycheque have filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S.-based company they used to work for.

About 600 workers arrived to their jobs at IQT Solutions Ltd. in Oshawa on July 15 to learn they were being dismissed and would not be receiving a paycheque for their last two weeks of work, the employees allege in their statement of claim.

Workers Bob Brigaitis and Cindy Rupert on Tuesday filed the $30-million lawsuit against the company’s shareholders, affiliated companies and its directors on behalf of the laid-off Ontario workers.

“We are seeking compensation for the pay we are owed, but also to make sure companies like this don’t walk away from their responsibilities to their employees,” Brigaitis, a former operations manager for an Oshawa call centre, said yesterday.

Some of the employees had worked for the company for 10 years when they were laid off. The employees are also claiming the company owes them vacation pay and severance.

The company also laid off about 450 workers in Laval, Que., and 140 in Trois Rivieres, Que.

The allegations in the lawsuit have not yet been proven in court.

 
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