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Ex-Zenta worker sues, claims he was due overtime pay

Posted: March 25, 2011
Source: The Charlotte Business Journal
Practice Areas: Employment Law

A Charlotte mortgage underwriter is suing Zenta Mortgage Services, accusing the company of violating fair labor laws and failing to pay some employees for overtime, according to a federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Zenta - a company eligible for $10 million in taxpayer incentives to hire 1,000 workers in Charlotte - asked mortgage underwriters to work more than 40 hours per week on a base salary, with no overtime. The suit contends the practice violates the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The case joins a recent wave of similar suits that could change the way mortgage servicers compensate their employees.

The local lawsuit seeks class-action status. It is brought by Joseph Savitskie, a mortgage underwriter at Zenta's Charlotte office off Arrowood Road, in the Forest Park office complex. Zavitskie was employed by Zenta from August 2010 until March 4. He contends he and other salaried mortgage servicers were "instructed and/or encouraged" to work evenings and weekends, causing their total time on the job to exceed 40 hours per week, according to court documents. Zenta management told Zavitskie and others "that it was in their best interest to work as much as possible," according to the complaint.

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