by Brian Mahany
Recently we partnered with other lawyers to take up the cause of a former branch manager of Allied Mortgage (see March 3rd’s post on Allied Home Mortgage). Since that post, we have discovered and heard numerous horror stories about the company from customers, lawyers, regulators and former Allied employees. This post comes from “John R,” a former Allied division manager in Massachusetts. John posted his story in the Ripoff Report.
According to that report, John was the manager of one of the largest Allied offices in the U.S. He left the company in 2007 after his unpaid commissions from the company were approaching $500,000.
Did the company pay John? Not according to him. Instead they began a vicious campaign of intimidation. The company’s behavior was so bad that they even tried to block his unemployment and threatened to sue him. Neither tactic worked.
While it’s hard for some to have sympathy for someone earning that much money, remember that John claims he never actually got paid that money.
John is a single dad of twins; handicapped twins. One is so badly challenged that he requires expensive continuous care – apparently the young man cannot even speak, eat or use the toilet. Care for severely disabled twins isn’t cheap. Especially since John lost his health insurance when severed from the company.
That’s not all. John claims Allied’s failure to pay him lead to his family home going into foreclosure.
John claims he was “rewarded” for his whistle blowing efforts with a cease and desist letter from a big Boston law firm. They ordered him to remove his “defamatory” post or risk litigation. John didn’t take down his post. Instead he shared even more of his story.
Is John’s story accurate? I don’t know. But the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that 588 Allied workers had not been properly paid. That investigation caused Allied to pay millions in back wages.
While posting one’s story on the Internet might bring some comfort or self-satisfaction, it doesn’t keep the lights on or feed the family. Bully behavior requires legal action and strong lawyers willing to stand up for their clients.
If you are a former employee or manager of Allied Home Mortgage and have not been paid, contact us. The fraud recovery and asset recovery lawyers at Mahany & Ertl are willing to stand up to Allied and other big companies like them. Frequently, we can take these cases on a contingent (success) fee basis or some other favorable arrangement.
Don’t wait years for former employers to do the right thing. Instead, let us pursue recovery of your hard earned money. For a no obligation, no nonsense review of your case, call Brian Mahany today at (414) 704-6731 (direct). Offices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan and Portland, Maine – services anywhere in the nation.