Tuesday, March 25, 2008

 

Lawsuit alleges CN deprived 1,000 of overtime pay

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CN FACES CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OVER UNPAID OVERTIME


CBC News - March 25, 2008

Lawyers have launched a class action lawsuit against Canadian National, alleging the railway misclassified more than 1,000 supervisors as managers to avoid having to pay them overtime.

The lawsuit alleges that more than 1,000 present and former first-line supervisors at CN have been deprived of overtime pay because of the railway's actions. The supervisors are routinely required to put in hundreds of unpaid overtime hours a year, the lawsuit claims.

"The Canada Labour Code requires federally regulated corporations, including CN, to pay overtime to their non-management employees", said Louis Sokolov, a partner at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP in a statement.
"Employers are not permitted to simply call someone a manager to avoid their obligations under the Code."

CN has not filed a statement of defence and the allegations have not been proven.
This is the third class action lawsuit relating to unpaid overtime brought by the two law firms of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP and Roy Elliot O'Connor LLP. The two firms are co-counsel in lawsuits filed against CIBC and Scotiabank that allege the two banks routinely make staff work unpaid overtime.

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Another CN story today ...

RAIL COMPANIES ACCUSED OF GOUGING FARMERS
CBC News - March 25, 2008

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2008/03/25/farm-rail.html?ref=rss

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