Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Update: CIBC Employees' Overtime Class Action

Lawyers representing the lead plaintiff in the pending, multi-million dollar class action against CIBC over unpaid overtime wages have filed documents in Ontario's Superior Court of Justice which "they believe should persuade judges to certify the case as a class action."

In a news release on Monday, they advised:

This is the largest unpaid overtime class action ever launched in Canada. It is being brought on behalf of current and former non-management, non-unionized employees of CIBC in Canada who are or were tellers or other front-line customer service employees (limited to personal bankers, commercial bankers and account executives) working at CIBC retail branch offices across Canada.
Bloomberg also reports

Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce routinely didn't pay overtime to non-management employees, in violation of Canadian law, lawyers in Canada's biggest overtime class-action suit said in court filings today.

In hundreds of interviews with current and former CIBC employees, lawyers found the experience of ``regularly working overtime without pay is a common one across Canada,'' Douglas Elliott, lead lawyer in the case said in a statement.

...In a bid to have the suit certified as a class action, lawyers in the case today filed testimony in Ontario Superior Court from CIBC employees, as well as affidavits by three experts regarding the prevalence of unpaid overtime in the Canadian banking industry.

The case is Fresco v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, 07-cv-334113PD2, Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Toronto).

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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