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Columbia tax preparers sue H&R Block over training requirement

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 8:55 p.m. CST; updated 9:30 a.m. CST, Thursday, January 28, 2010

COLUMBIA — Two Columbia tax preparers have sued their former employer, H&R Block, for allegedly requiring them to attend 24 hours mandatory training each year without pay.

The requirement is a companywide policy for all H&R Block's "Tax Professionals" and must be completed for these employees to prepare taxes in the next tax season. The class-action lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, alleges the requirement is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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The two Columbia tax preparers are Barbara Petroski and Cathy Camden.


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