Tennessee workers and employees all over the United States go to work and expect that if they follow the rules and do their job, they will get paid appropriately for the hours that they work and they will be paid accordingly for any hours worked over forty in a week. However, many companies fail to pay their employees overtime pay or find ways around it by misclassifying them so that they are exempt from the pay. If you or someone you work with feels that you have not been given the overtime pay you are entitled to, then you should talk to a Tennessee employment overtime attorney as soon as possible. They will hear your case and make sure you get the compensation that is rightfully yours by law.
According to this lawsuit, Amber Salazar and other business banking specialists had been required to work off the clock on designated “call nights”. Also according to this lawsuit, the job of a business banking specialist requires helping business customers open accounts and get small business loans. The lawsuit claims that these Wells Fargo employees had to work on these call nights.
Wells Fargo denied these claims and submitted statements from twenty-two business banking specialists and branch managers stating that the specialists had been paid in full. Wells Fargo also claims that Salazar lacked credibility because she knew it was the bank’s written policy that employees have to report all the hours they work and claimed it was Salazar who falsified her time cards. Wells Fargo also added that in the forty-seven weeks she worked in 2009 as a business banking specialist, twenty-six of those weeks Salazar recorded working less than forty hours and also took seventeen days of paid time off during this time because she “admits she struggled as a business banking specialist and that she was a poor performer.”
Since the attorneys for the class action lawsuit were claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and legal fees, Wells Fargo agreed to pay a settlement of $100,000 plus $5,000 in order to give payments to the plaintiffs. The agreement was made with the understanding that Wells Fargo was denying the claims. Notice of the settlement has been mailed to 186 potential class-action plaintiffs, but just 64 filed claims.
Cases just like this one happen too frequently all across the United States and right here to the workers of Tennessee. If you or someone you work with feels that you have not been paid properly for the overtime you have worked, then we recommend that you contact one of our caring and knowledgeable Tennessee employment overtime lawyers right away. We will hear your case and work with you to make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
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