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State sues firm over suspending hurt workers

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Department of Labor is suing AT&T's Indiana operating unit alleging over a policy of suspending workers who report work-related injuries.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports (http://bit.ly/19JtatP ) the lawsuit against Indiana Bell Telephone Co. was filed by the state in Marion County on July 24. It alleges three men Daniel Drummond, Shon Payne and William Ingram each were suspended one day without pay after filing injury reports, in violation of federal and state laws.

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter says the company doesn't suspend employees for reporting work-related injuries, but may suspend employees for violating safety rules and policies.

The lawsuit seeks money for lost wages, benefits and expenses, as well as unspecified punitive damages.