A group of loan officers for Fifth Third Bancorp's
Cincinnati-based regional banking corporation lodged a class action
Wednesday claiming the bank failed to pay them overtime wages in
violation of the Illinois Minimum Wage Law and Wage Payment and
Loan officer Alaina Morerro brought the suit in Illinois federal
court, alleging that the bank improperly classified the loan
officers as exempt from overtime pay requirements under Illinois
state wage laws until about January.
Even after changing the loan officers' status to nonexempt early
this year, the bank switched tactics and mandated that its loan
officers underreport their time worked to avoid paying overtime,
the suit says.
Morerro says the bank should have known its conduct was
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