Stoltmann Law Offices is investigating cases where brokerage firms haven’t paid their representatives. In a new arbitration filing, 10 ex-Morgan Stanley brokers in the New York City area raised claims that the firm “improperly deferred” compensation in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and also violated New York state law by withholding those funds when they left, according to Advisorhub.com.
“When claimants (the brokers) – after many years of working for Morgan – decided to part ways with their employer, Morgan Stanley decided to deny them a substantial portion of the compensation that their brokers had earned for their dedicated work, and keep their hard-earned money to itself,” lawyers for the 10 brokers wrote in the complaint, which also tacks on a claim of violations of FINRA’s catch-all Rule 2010 requiring members act with “high standards.,” advisorhub.com reported.
In 2020, several ex-Morgan advisors filed a class-action lawsuit against the company. The complaint “alleges that financial advisors may lose substantial amounts of their deferred compensation when they leave the company, and that this is not lawful because the deferred compensation plan (it alleges) is governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).”