Sprint employees sue carrier over lost commissions

Sprint Nextel has been sued in a $5 million class-action lawsuit by thousands of its employees who say they were cheated out of some of their commission compensation because of glitches in the carrier's computer system.

The lawsuit was initially filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas in February on behalf of a few Sprint employees from Louisiana. In the latest court filing, which certified the claim as a class-action case, those bringing the suit said that because of the glitches, thousands of Sprint employees lost "hundreds to thousands of dollars," with the total estimated cost of the losses at $5 million.

The employees contend that when they put information on phones, calling plans and accessories they had sold into Sprint's system, the computer system reported glitches, which led to the loss of the commissions. Sprint has until Dec. 22 to provide a list of the names of employees who were potentially affected by the glitches.

"We are disappointed with the certification," said Matthew Sullivan, a Sprint spokesman. "Sprint is committed to providing employees all the compensation to which they are entitled."

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