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It's the result of IBM's response to a lawsuit in which the company was accused of illegally withholding overtime pay from some technical employees. IBM settled the case for $65 million in 2006 and has now decided that it needs to reclassify 7,600 technical-support workers as eligible for overtime.
But their underlying salary - the base pay they earn for their first 40 hours of work each week - will be cut 15 percent to compensate