BY: Kevin J. Stoops | IN: Class Action & Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Unpaid Wages & Overtime
A recently filed class action lawsuit alleges that Huntington Bank fails to compensate Phone Bank Customer Service Associates for overtime hours, a violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
The plaintiffs are current or former Huntington employees at the company’s brick-and-mortar call centers in Holland, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio. They are responsible for making and receiving inbound and outbound calls, monitoring and managing customer calls, filing disputes, promoting bank services and products, and providing general customer service.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs regularly put in 40 hours each week, but Huntington refused to pay them overtime for “off the clock” work in excess of 40 hours. Examples of the company’s alleged wage theft include:
The total time for these pre-shift and post-shift activities ranged from 10 to 30 minutes each day, all of which constituted overtime work that warranted payment of 150% of the plaintiffs’ base hourly rate.
Wage abuse within the call center industry is a frequent problem that has garnered heightened scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division. In 2008, the agency issued a Fact Sheet condemning unlawful pay practices including employers’ failure to compensate workers for necessary job-related activities. “Hours worked” generally includes all time employees must be on duty, from the start of the first “principal activity” to the end of the last principal activity of the workday, and including any additional time the employee is allowed to work. In the call center environment, principal activities for telephone agents and representatives includes starting booting up computers, downloading work instructions, and initiating systems and software.
The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Employment Litigation Group are presently interviewing additional Phone Bank Customer Service Associates who have worked on site at Huntington call centers to determine if they are entitled to recover unpaid overtime pay as part of the class action. If you were employed in this position by the company at any time in the past three years in this position, please contact us today to discuss your right to compensation.
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Kevin Stoops is an experienced trial attorney who appears frequently in Michigan state courts and federal courts across the United States, representing clients in complex business litigation. He has vast experience and a track record of successful outcomes high-dollar matters involving trade secret, business tort, intellectual property, executive employment, and class action claims.