TAMPA — An automated system to keep track of employee hours doesn't work, the Hillsborough County school district says in a lawsuit.
The district seeks unspecified damages from Kronos Inc. of Chelmsford, Mass., in a suit filed Feb. 20 in circuit court.
In 2008, the district contracted with Paychex Time and Attendance in a competitive bidding process. "A standard way of recording time for employees is important, and a system that will reduce the clerical effort required is critical," a School Board agenda item said.
The new system was supposed to track employees' work hours as well as when they took leave, were owed overtime or worked on call. It was estimated to cost $540,000 a year over seven years.
Paychex later sold the contract to Kronos, which was not able to make the system work, said school district attorney Tom Gonzalez. The suit alleges Kronos tried to sell the district a more expensive system instead.