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A putative class action filed Tuesday in federal court in Connecticut accuses MetLife and two of the insurer’s subsidiaries of withholding more than $50 million in earned overtime pay from claims specialists since 2013.

The suit, filed on behalf of a former MetLife long-term disability claim specialist, said the company reclassified all such workers as “exempt” from overtime pay regulations in late 2013 as a “cost-cutting measure even though their job responsibilities did not change.”

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