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Lawsuit alleges M&T Bank denied overtime

Nine former M&T Bank employees have filed suit against the company, alleging they worked 60-hour weeks without overtime pay doing routine clerical work despite being hired to perform compliance and analytical tasks.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, alleges violations of the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a news release from the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl.

The plaintiffs were told they would only work 40 hours each week, according to the release, but consistently worked more as a result of heavy caseloads and under-staffing. Despite being hired as enhanced due diligence investigators, the plaintiffs primarily performed data entry, according to the complaint.

“These people perceive they were unfairly paid,” said Benjamin Davis, attorney at the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl. “We will vigorously represent them to be sure they receive what they are owed and ensure this injustice does not happen to any other employees.”

The case is Barbara Brissett et al. v. Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, 1:16-cv-00766-WMN.