Wells Fargo Didn’t Pay for Sales Quota Work, Lawsuit Claims

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By Jay-Anne B. Casuga

Oct. 26 — Wells Fargo Bank is facing its second class lawsuit in about a week alleging that it failed to pay overtime wages to hourly workers, this time in Pennsylvania ( Miller v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. , E.D. Pa., No. 16-05597, complaint filed 10/25/16 ).

The bank required tellers, personal bankers, service managers and others to work past the end of their shifts if they didn’t meet sales quotas, but it didn’t compensate them for that extra time, former employees Beverly Miller and Roger Plate allege in a complaint filed Oct. 25 with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Additionally, they claim that the bank didn’t pay workers for pre-shift time spent on conference calls discussing daily sales quotas.

Wells Fargo has been in hot water for allegedly pressuring employees to create sham accounts for customers in order to meet sales goals. It’s been under investigation by Congress and is being scrutinized by the Labor Department.

In the present lawsuit, Miller and Plate further allege, among other things, that the bank reprimanded workers who included overtime hours on their time sheets.

They brought class overtime claims under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law. The class has the potential to be in “excess of 1,000 individuals,” the complaint said.

They also brought individual overtime claims under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

The lawsuit is the second class action filed against Wells Fargo in eight days. Employees in New Jersey sued the bank on Oct. 17 for allegedly forcing them to work during lunch breaks and report fewer hours than they actually worked.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jay-Anne B. Casuga in Washington at jcasuga@bna.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Peggy Aulino at maulino@bna.com; Terence Hyland at thyland@bna.com

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