Scotiabank faces C$350 mln unpaid overtime suit
By Jonathan Spicer
TORONTO (Reuters) - A second lawsuit against a Canadian bank alleging unpaid overtime was launched on Monday, this time against Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: Quote) for C$350 million ($346.5 million) in damages.
The suit alleges that thousands of current and former front-line workers at Scotiabank have been assigned heavier workloads than can be completed within their standard working hours.
It claims that the workload requires overtime, which the plaintiff alleges that the bank fails to pay.
"The problem with Scotiabank's policy is ... nobody ever wants to authorize" overtime, said Cindy Fulawka, a personal banking representative and lead plaintiff in the case.
On a conference call, she said that if sales goals set out by the bank are not met by year-end, employees are denied salary increases and could face dismissal.
The class action suit against Canada's third-biggest bank is expected to cover "several thousands" of non-management, non-unionized employees.
Scotiabank said it is confident employee policies have been applied fairly and consistently. "With specific reference to overtime, the bank's policy is based on the Canada Labour Code," it said in a statement.
The bank did not return calls seeking an interview. Continued...