AT&T pays $3.5M to settle Pa. woman’s lawsuit
PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pennsylvania woman who claimed that AT&T Corp. improperly billed the government for millions of dollars in services has settled a federal lawsuit.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Tuesday that AT&T paid $3.5 million to settle the case, though the company still denies wrongdoing.
The case was originally filed in 2010 by Constance Lyttle, a former AT&T employee from western Pennsylvania. She claimed she was fired because she sought to prevent international con artists from using a service for the hearing impaired. The Justice Department later joined the case, alleging the company improperly billed the government for services that are designed for use by the deaf and hard-of-hearing who place calls by typing messages over the Internet.
Lyttle received $525,000 of the settlement under whistleblower laws.