T-Mobile says it will appeal order to pay whistle-blower

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The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Deutsche Telekom and its subsidiary T-Mobile USA to pay nearly $350,000 to a T-Mobile employee in Bellevue who had been fired in April 2009.

T-Mobile objected, calling the DOL's conclusion preliminary and incorrect. The company said it plans to appeal.

The former T-Mobile employee had claimed the company violated whistle-blower-protection provisions of federal law after raising concerns about fraudulent roaming charges.

The Seattle office of the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration substantiated the employee's claim and ordered T-Mobile to immediately reinstate the whistle-blower, pay $244,479 in back wages and interest, $65,000 in compensatory damages and $36,493 in attorney's fees.

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