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KPMG Faces Lawsuit in Canada for Overtime Pay

Sept. 7, 2007 (SmartPros) Big Four accounting firm KPMG LLP faces a class action lawsuit against its Canadian division.

The lawsuit, filed this week in Ontario Superior Court, claims overtime compensation for non-chartered accountant KPMG employees who worked more than 44 hours in a week, were not paid overtime pay, and are not exempt under applicable regulation. 

Chartered accountants, who make up the bulk of KPMG's staff, are excluded from overtime provisions.

The lead plaintiff, Toronto resident Alison Corless, was employed by KPMG as a "technician" between 2000 and 2004 and is seeking $87,000 in overtime pay for that period. The lawsuit filed this week seeks $20 million for the class.

This is the second unpaid-overtime class action lawsuit against a major company in Canada, following a lawsuit against Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

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