I took a look at the complaint in this case and PwC’s answer.
Hey Jude Curtis, PwC Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer: Shouldn’t you guys know who is licensed in each state, each and every state where your professionals work and travel, and whether a particular person has proper credentials and degrees to be an auditor?
June 17, 2008
Contact: Caitlin Prendiville, (212)332-9351
UNITE HERE Launches Website to Aid PwC Associates
New York, June 17 – The labor union UNITE HERE has launched a website, www.OverworkedAtPwC.info, which monitors the first class-certified wage and hour lawsuit filed against a Big Four firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, in the U.S. This independent website critical of the company is a resource for PwC associates and others in the accounting industry who seek up-to-date information on developments in this potentially groundbreaking lawsuit.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is the first Big Four firm to become the target of a class certified wage and hour case in the United States. The case could have widespread implications for PwC, the nation’s largest accounting firm which operates in 34 states, and for other major accounting firms nationwide.
While PwC has denied that it is breaking federal wage and hour laws, the firm recently announced a redress plan of its overtime policies in Canada on the heels of a similar class action lawsuit against Big Four firm KPMG.
On March 25, 2008, Judge Lawrence K. Karlton of California’s Eastern District Court granted class certification to Campbell v. PricewaterhouseCoopers. The plaintiffs, a group of former PwC associates filed the lawsuit against the Big Four accounting firm for allegedly misclassifying certain employees as exempt from receiving overtime pay. The suit, filed on October 27, 2006, covers all associates in PwC’s Attest division who worked at PwC offices in California between October 27, 2002 to the present.
Court documents submitted by the plaintiffs describe the atmosphere for unlicensed accountants at PwC as a kind of “white collar sweatshop” where associates are expected to work 50 – 70 hour weeks, and work through weekends and holidays without receiving overtime pay. Court documents related to the case can be accessed at OverworkedAtPwC.info.
OverworkedAtPwC.info invites former and current PwC associates, who believe they have been wrongfully classified as exempt from overtime, to contact us at email@example.com for more information about the lawsuit.
UNITE HERE is a labor union representing over 465,000 workers in the hotel, casino, food service, apparel and textile industries.