By Sotos Class Actions
The parties have agreed to settle class actions, launched in 2007, by retail branch employees alleging systemic unpaid overtime.
The settlement provides that CIBC will pay a total of $153 million, which will be used to compensate approximately 30,000 class members (current and former front-line retail staff) for unpaid overtime, and also used to pay for legal fees and for the cost of distributing the settlement funds. The settlement must be approved by the Ontario Superior Court before it will become binding. A motion will be brought in February 2023 for approval of the settlement, a plan to distribute the settlement funds and payment of legal fees.
The settlement was reached after 15 years of contested litigation, and months of negotiation, which followed decisions on liability by the Ontario Superior Court and Court of Appeal. The Court left the calculation of compensation and CIBC’s related defences to a further hearing, which will no longer be necessary because of the negotiated settlement.
Dara Fresco, the former CIBC Bank teller, who brought this case in 2007, stated that she is pleased with the settlement. “It is good news for the class to have this case finally resolved”, said Ms. Fresco. “I am very happy that the case is settling. This settlement is a fair compromise that will bring meaningful compensation to thousands of my fellow class members.”
Class Counsel stressed that the settlement will provide for a simple and easy method for class members to be paid. “A big advantage of this settlement is that class members will not have to prove their claims, a task that could be challenging in cases where some claims may go back nearly 30 years.” “We believe that this settlement will put more money into more class members’ hands, a lot sooner, than would happen if the case continued to be fought.”