AT&T Replaced 200 Workers For A Computer Program

Published: May. 20, 2014 at 10:56 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, TX - AT&T is replacing over 200 Texoma workers with a computer program.  Until today AT&T contracted some of its services through two staffing firms. Those contracts are now broken.

Newschannel 6 went to the front doors of the AT&T Call Center located on Kell Blvd. Security stopped us where an AT&T manager spoke with us on the phone. He denied an interview and was unwilling to make a comment.

We also spoke with representatives of both I.T. Staffing firms, including the Vice President of Metasys Technology. We were denied comments by both companies.

Newschannel 6 found one of the employees who was suddenly let go to get a better understanding of this complicated situation. The man we spoke with wished to remain anonymous, for fear of never getting another job.

The anonymous employee said the company terminated over 200 employees today but is forcing them to stay until May 30th

. He says if anyone leaves early they will be unable to find a job anywhere else.

"I've heard the Texas Work Commission calls it a hostile work environment," said the anonymous employee. "Most people don't last there thirty days."

The notice was given to employees around 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

This blow to the job market will increase the Texoma unemployment rate by two percent.

Brody Carter, Newschannel 6.