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Posted on March 1st 2009 in Employment Law

The OT Lawsuits

The OT Lawsuits

This past September a class action lawsuit was launched against KPMG alleging that it had failed to pay overtime to many of its employees. This is the second such legal proceeding to be commenced in the last few months. The initial class action against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) alleges that thousands of tellers and account managers worked overtime without being compensated.

While the filing of the lawsuits made headlines, this is only the start. To better understand class actions as well as the legal issue being raised in these cases, we have prepared two explanatory articles. In both instances, the first hurdle that must be cleared is the certification of the lawsuit as a class action. The second step is to make the case for the unpaid overtime. Neither step is a cakewalk.