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Judge allows Lordstown GM workers to sue about back pay

A federal judge says General Motors workers in northeast Ohio can move forward with a lawsuit against the automaker and the United Auto Workers.

The union’s request to dismiss the lawsuit 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 and are seeking back pay of $3 million to $4 million.

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

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

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