Navy Federal Faces Overtime Lawsuit
A Navy Federal Credit Union employee sued the credit union for allegedly not paying him overtime wages.
The lawsuit claims the $58 billion Navy Federal in Vienna, Va., violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to record and maintain time records of the hours worked by employee Anthony Lee, as required by law.
On average, Lee claimed he worked 30 to 45 minutes off the clock per shift as a member services representative in Nevada, and said Navy Federal did not include the wages in his pay.
“Lee alleges for himself, and others similarly situated, NFCU maintained a uniform corporate policy that forced non-exempt employees to work ‘off-the-clock’ both before and after their shifts,” said the lawsuit, which was filed on Sunday.
Lee said he would start working at 8:45 a.m. Monday through Friday and once-per-month on the weekend. However, his time sheets reported that he started working at 9:30 a.m., resulting in 45 minutes of work opening the branch off the clock each day.
The lawsuit also claims Lee complained about the issue to his now ex-manager, who called him the “n-word” on several occasions.
“In response to Lee’s complaint, NFCU management told Lee to stop placing comments on his time sheets that showed his actual, accurate time worked,” court documents said.
Other NFCU employees may be able to join the lawsuit.
“Hundreds of other similarly situated non-exempt employees may elect to join this collective action if given proper notice of the pendency of the action and an opportunity to participate by ‘opting in.’ Consents to sue on behalf of additional FLSA Collective Members may be filed as this litigation progresses,” the lawsuit said.
In a statement, Navy Federal spokesperson Michele Townes said, “The fair treatment and well-being of our employees is of utmost importance to us. As such, we take this claim very seriously and are looking into it.”