SOURCE: Nichols Kaster and Anderson, PLLP

April 17, 2008 09:49 ET

Countrywide Hit With Wage & Hour Lawsuit on Behalf of California Loan Specialists Represented by Nichols Kaster & Anderson

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - Nichols Kaster & Anderson sued Countrywide this week for wage and hour violations under California laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Plaintiff filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Samson Lew represents current and former employees who work(ed) at Countrywide branches around California. The suit alleges that Countrywide failed to pay loan specialists meal and rest period premiums for their missed breaks, as required under California law. The suit also alleges that Mr. Lew was denied his earned overtime pay.

"We believe that Countrywide made across-the-board deductions of time on timecards for lunches, whether or not employees actually were provided the 30-minute, uninterrupted meal periods required by state law," explained Bryan J. Schwartz, one of the Plaintiff's attorneys. "We also understand that Countrywide failed to give employees a genuine opportunity to take 10 minute rest breaks during their busy workday, and did not pay required premiums for the missed meal and rest periods," said Schwartz. Plaintiffs' attorneys anticipate that more California Countrywide loan specialists will join the suit soon.

Plaintiffs are represented by Donald H. Nichols, Paul J. Lukas, and Michele R. Fisher from Nichols Kaster & Anderson, PLLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Bryan J. Schwartz and Matthew C. Helland from Nichols Kaster & Anderson, LLP, in San Francisco, California; and Robert Norell, a Florida-based attorney. The case is entitled Lew, et al. v. Countrywide, et al., Case No. 08-cv-1993 (N.D. Cal.).

Individuals may find additional information at or by calling Nichols Kaster & Anderson toll free at (877) 777-0622.

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    Bryan Schwartz
    Nichols Kaster & Anderson, LLP
    Tel. 415-277-7236