The online service provider that competes with Netflix, Amazon and other online video services filed an antitrust lawsuit on Monday against its former employees and their companies, accusing them of retaliating against those who spoke out against its pay practices.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, also names several other companies and their employees, including Internetworks Ltd.
and Transsys Inc., which owns Transsys Internetworking Ltd.
The complaint seeks an injunction to prevent the companies from retaliating.
The complaint accuses Transsys, Internetworking, and Internetworks’ former employees of being fired for speaking out against the company’s pay practices, which included a requirement for Internetworkers to sign non-disclosure agreements and pay them no more than $1.50 per hour.
The complaints alleges that Transsys fired at least four former employees after they were brought into compliance with the non-compete agreement, which is designed to prevent retaliation.
The current suit, filed by a New York law firm that represents some of the Internetworkers’ former and current employees, seeks to prevent Transsys from retaliated against them by firing them and demanding a severance package that includes an additional $1,000 for each year they have worked for Transsys and $50,000 in severance for any employee who has left.
Transsys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The companies have been embroiled in a bitter battle over whether to pay employees in the form of equity awards.
Internetworkers argue that the company has been paying them far less than the average worker in recent years.
The company has denied the allegations and says it has a fair deal for its workers.
The lawsuits have sparked controversy in the online video industry.
Internetworks, which was acquired by Amazon in 2016, and other Internetworkers have said that their pay and other benefits are far below the median wage paid to most workers.
In a statement released on Monday, the companies said the new lawsuit was “not about me or my work.
It’s about Transsys’ refusal to accept the basic reality that it is the only online video service that pays workers below the minimum wage.”
The company has said that Internetworkers are not the only workers who have complained about pay practices in recent months.
The Washington Post reported on Oct. 2 that Internetworks was considering changing its pay policy in response to a growing backlash.
TransSys has faced criticism from labor unions in recent weeks.
The National Labor Relations Board said last week that it would be conducting an investigation into Transsys after receiving a complaint.