CN Railway latest target of unpaid-overtime
Published: March 25, 2008
Source: Canadian Press
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TORONTO - Canadian National Railway Co. faces class action litigation
over allegedly unpaid overtime.
Law firms Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP and Roy Elliot O'Connor LLP -
already acting in similar lawsuits against the Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce and the Bank of Nova Scotia - said Tuesday the CNR litigation
covers over 1,000 supervisors across Canada.
The lawsuit alleges Canada's largest railway misclassified operational
supervisors as management to avoid paying them overtime required under
the Canada Labour Code.
The law firms state that CN supervisors "are routinely required to work
hundreds of hours of overtime annually for which they are not paid."
The allegations have not been tested in court. A CN spokesman said the
railway had not been served with court documents and had no immediate
"This is the third major unpaid-overtime national class action against a
federally regulated company that has been brought in Canada in nine
months," stated Douglas Elliott, a partner at Roy Elliott O'Connor.
"Unlike the others, this one alleges misclassification of employees as
management, a common feature in U.S. cases but a new development in