An Alabama Honda worker has filed suit against the automaker, claiming he wasn’t paid overtime following a ransomware attack on the company’s timekeeping system.
The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, seeks back pay with interest, damages, fees, and court costs, along with a class action status for other affected employees.
According to the 14-page lawsuit, Brandon Whaley, a Honda worker living in Calhoun County, has been with the company since 2019.
In mid-December, Ultimate Kronos Group, which operates a workforce management software, was hit with a cyberattack that affected millions of employees using the system’s timekeeping system for pay, including Honda.
According to NPR, other workers included 20,000 public transit workers in the New York City metro area, employees of FedEx and Whole Foods, and medical workers across the country.
The lawsuit claims that because of the attack and resulting outage, Honda was unable to accurately track hours for its employees.
“As a result of Honda’s failure to accurately track their actual hours worked each week, employees who were non-exempt and worked overtime were in many cases paid less than the hours they worked in the work week, including overtime hours,” the suit claims, saying Whaley usually averages about 55 hours a week on the job.
Instead, the suit claims, Honda paid employees based on estimates of time or pay, or “based upon arbitrary considerations.”
“Honda pushed the effects of the Kronos outage onto the backs of its most economically vulnerable workers, making sure that it kept the money it owed to those employees in its own pockets, rather than take steps to make sure its employees were paid on time and in full for the work they did,” the suit says.
Attempts to contact Honda for comment were not immediately successful.
The automaker isn’t the only company being hit with a lawsuit as a result of the ransomware outage. Employees at Tesla, PepsiCo and New York Metropolitan Transit Authority have filed similar lawsuits.