Judge allows GM workers' lawsuit over back pay

By By JOHN SEEWER

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge says a group of General Motors workers in northeast Ohio can move forward with their lawsuit against the automaker and the United Auto Workers

The union's request to dismiss the suit was turned down late last week.

Nearly 30 workers at GM's Lordstown factory say they were improperly classified as temporary employees after losing their jobs and then being rehired.

They say the change in classification cut their pay by more than 40 percent.

A local union official at the Lordstown plant where GM makes the Chevy Cruze has said that the workers weren't misrepresented.

Both the union and the company have denied the allegations in court documents.

The workers are seeking back pay of between $3 million and $4 million.

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