Bank of America workers across US sue for overtime

* Overtime pay, no breaks alleged

* Lawsuit on behalf of retail branch, call center workers

* Nationwide class-action case sought

NEW YORK, June 5 (BestGrowthStock) – Workers for Bank of America
Corp (BAC.N: ), one of the nation’s largest employers, have sued
the company for allegedly failing to pay overtime and other
wages.

The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Kansas City,
Kansas, consolidates 12 lawsuits filed on behalf of employees
in California, Florida, Kansas, Texas and Washington.

It seeks nationwide class-action status on behalf of
employees at retail branches and call centers over the last
three years. The federal Judicial Panel on MultidistrictLitigation in April directed that the cases be combined.

According to the 44-page complaint, the largest U.S. bank
by assets requires employees to work in excess of eight hours
per day or 40 hours per week, yet fails to pay them both for
overtime and for all straight time worked.

The complaint also accuses the bank of requiring employees
to work during unpaid breaks, failing to provide meal and rest
breaks, and failing to timely pay terminated employees for
earned wages and accrued vacation time.

“Bank of America enjoys millions of dollars in ill-gained
profits at the expense of its hourly employees,” violating
either the federal Fair Labor Standards Act or various state
labor laws, the complaint said.

Shirley Norton, a spokeswoman for the bank, said Bank of
America would defend itself against the lawsuit, and has
comprehensive policies and training to ensure compliance with
all federal and state wage and hour laws.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs were not immediately available
for comment.

Bank of America as of March 31 employed 283,914 people
worldwide, and operated 5,939 U.S. branches.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status, a halt to the
alleged illegal conduct, compensatory and punitive damages, and
other remedies.

The case is In re: Bank of America Wage and Hour Employment
Practices Litigation, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas,
No. 10-md-2138.

Stock Market News

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel, editing by Jackie Frank)

Bank of America workers across US sue for overtime