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Nichols Kaster Files Overtime Case Against Franklin American Mortgage on Behalf of Underwriters

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2010) - On November 18th, 2010 a former employee of Franklin American Mortgage filed suit in California federal court seeking unpaid overtime wages under state and federal laws. The Plaintiff alleges that Franklin American misclassified her and other mortgage underwriters as exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and California state law, and as a result, improperly denied them overtime compensation.

The case is entitled Gina McKeen-Chaplin v. Franklin American Mortgage Co., and was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. According to the Complaint, Franklin American classified its mortgage underwriters as exempt from overtime pay until early 2010 when it reclassified them. Plaintiff's attorney Robert L. Schug stated, "Like many companies, Franklin American recently reclassified its mortgage underwriters and started paying overtime. My client simply seeks to recover the overtime pay that she and other mortgage underwriters were denied while they were wrongfully classified as exempt."

Plaintiffs are represented by Robert Schug and Mathew Helland from Nichols Kaster, LLP, which has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco, California. Nichols Kaster, LLP also represents mortgage underwriters in similar cases against SunTrust Mortgage, Residential Capital/Ally Financial, Washington Mutual, Flagstar Bank, and Metlife Home Loans. Additional information is available at or by contacting Nichols Kaster, LLP toll-free at (877) 448-0492.