Lawsuit Filed by Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP Against Bank of America for Alleged Failure to Pay Overtime Wages
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP and Donelon, P.C. recently filed a lawsuit against Bank of America, N.A. on behalf of bank tellers and personal bankers for allegedly unpaid wages and overtime worked at company bank branches across the country. The lawsuit was filed as a collective action, which means that other Bank of America employees with similar job duties may join the case to seek their allegedly unpaid wages.
In the Complaint, the employees allege that Bank of America failed to pay bank tellers and personal bankers for overtime worked. In particular, employees work more than forty hours in a work week, but instead of paying them overtime, Bank of America: (i) gives them "comp time," (ii) tells them not to record the hours worked over forty, and/or (iii) lowers or "modifies" the tellers' and personal bankers' recorded hours by eliminating any overtime hours. Also, the lawsuit alleges that Bank of America automatically deducts time for meal breaks; however, employees were routinely required to perform work during unpaid meal breaks (or were not able to take such breaks).
The failure to pay employees their earned overtime wages is in direct violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA provides for recovery of unpaid overtime wages, an equal amount for liquidated damages, attorney's fees, and litigation costs. Back wages can be sought over either a two- or three-year period from the date the employee joins the case, depending on whether the violation is deemed willful. Both present and former employees of Bank of America, N.A. may participate in the case.
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