The Houston Chronicle reports that Whataburger is suing NCO Financial Systems after NCO debt collectors repeatedly called company headquarters in an attempt to collect an alleged debt from an employee. According to the lawsuit, NCO Financial Systems has placed more than 50 calls to Whataburger’s toll-free line, and kept calling even after the company sent a cease-and-desist letter to the debt collection agency. Whataburger is alleging that NCO Financial violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and is suing to recover actual damages (the cost to the company of the toll-free phone calls), plus $1,000 for each violation of the FDCPA. Because the FDCPA protects consumers, it’s unclear whether Whataburger will prevail. However, it’s a nice change of pace for an employer to stand up for its employee. Often, the purpose of debt collection calls to the workplace is to instill fear into consumers in order to get them to pay so that the calls stop.