CALIFORNIA — IBM workers reaffirmed their victory in California court yesterday when the State Supreme Court upheld an appellate court ruling regarding reimbursement for work-from-home equipment.
The case came about after California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home public health order was issued in March 2020. IBM employee Paul Thai and others requested reimbursement for internet access, phone service, headsets, and other work-from-home materials and were denied. They filed a class action suit against the company in December 2020.
The initial judge ruled for IBM, however, in July of this year the California 1st District Court of Appeal overturned the ruling in a 3-0 decision.
“To accomplish his duties, he required, among other things, internet access, telephone service, a telephone headset, and a computer and accessories,” judges wrote in the appellate court decision.
Dozens of companies are facing similar lawsuits from employees, including Oracle and Bank of America.