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."

According to the complaint, plaintiff Stephanie McKinney routinely worked between 10 and 20 hours of overtime weekly until she left the company last July, often from home at night and on weekends.

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Greg Land

Greg Land covers topics including verdicts and settlements and insurance-related litigation for the Daily Report in Atlanta.