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Government sues over worker suspensions in Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — The government has sued AT&T over allegations that it suspended 13 Ohio workers without pay for one to three days for reporting work-related injuries.

The U.S. Labor Department says the lawsuit filed Monday against Ohio Bell Telephone Co., doing business as AT&T, asks a federal judge in Cleveland to halt the alleged practice and award the workers back pay.

The lawsuit says the suspensions were retaliation after workers reported on-the-job injuries including a shoulder sprain and rib and vertebra fractures.

A spokesman says AT&T is committed to following employment laws and believes the lawsuit has no merit.

Five disciplined employees are based in Columbus, two in Brooklyn Heights near Cleveland, two in Canton and one each in Akron, Cleveland, Gallipolis (gal-ih-poh-LEES') in southern Ohio and Uhrichsville (YUR'-iks-vil) south of Canton.

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