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VitaFlex steals your money

By someone else following x   2018 Feb 2, 8:50am 1,298 views   11 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


If an employer ever offers you VitaFlex for any reason, like transit reimbursement, stay away from it, and find a different employer too, because any employer that would use VitaFlex clearly either has no idea what they are doing, or hates their employees.

If you change employers, they simply steal your balance at any time of the year. This is not disclosed when you sign up.

Hello N,

Unfortunately, when your employment with N ended, your account was closed and the debit cards were shut off. The funds in your account were only available for transit services being provided so you could commute to and from N. Please be aware that because these funds were deducted on a pre-tax basis, they cannot be reimbursed to you.

We apologize that you are no longer able to access these funds. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Trish

Trish Monroe | The Vita Companies
900 North Shoreline Boulevard | Mountain View | CA 94043
VitaFlex & VitaCommute | P: 650 966-1492 | F: 650 964-3539
VitaCOBRA | P: 650 810-1480 | F: 650 961-2285
www.vitacompanies.com
1   anonymous   ignore (null)   2018 Feb 2, 1:34pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

This happened to me too. No disclosure, just theft of the funds.

Do we have basis for a class action suit?
2   someone else   ignore (0)   2018 Feb 2, 2:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   flag        

Vitaflex tried to post the outright lie that I was notified that they would steal the money if I changed employers.

I spent a good hour searching for any hint that they would steal the money before I signed up. I remember this very clearly and was careful about it because of the "Flex" in the account name.

There was absolutely zero notification that they would steal the money. Nor was it even discoverable with an hour of searching.
3   anonymous   ignore (null)   2018 Feb 2, 2:28pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Vita is happy to provide copies of all the notices that were provided to you that specifically state what happens to your funds when your employment ends. We can also provide the exact dates and times these notices were provided.
4   Quigley   ignore (0)   2018 Feb 2, 2:32pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Oh great, a company that specializes in helping employers hold you in a headlock. VitaScum!
5   anonymous   ignore (null)   2018 Feb 2, 2:51pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

As it was mentioned in our previously deleted response, the enrollment in this plan is not required. It is a voluntary enrollment where each employee chooses if they want to participate and how much they want to contribute from each paycheck on a pre-tax basis. Employees can stop participation at any time.
6   Quigley   ignore (0)   2018 Feb 2, 2:53pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Oh, like a 401k you can’t earn interest on or roll over if you change employers. Sounds swell!
7   FortWayne   ignore (2)   2018 Feb 2, 2:55pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Quigley says
Oh, like a 401k you can’t earn interest on or roll over if you change employers. Sounds swell!


Oh yes you can. Once you leave employers, you absolutely can roll over your 401k to another one.
8   someone else   ignore (0)   2018 Feb 2, 3:00pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

anon_17821 says
Employees can stop participation at any time.



And yet they are never notified that their money will simply be stolen by Vitaflex when they leave the employer. The claim of notification is absolutely false.
9   someone else   ignore (0)   2018 Feb 2, 3:01pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Quigley says
Oh, like a 401k you can’t earn interest on or roll over if you change employers. Sounds swell!


Yes, it's exactly like that. Vitaflex sucks and everyone should avoid it.
10   someone else   ignore (0)   2018 Feb 2, 3:02pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

With a 401k you can indeed rollover.

But Vitaflex simply fucks you without notice.

Hopefully this post will help some employees the pain of getting scammed by Vitaflex. How many thousands of innocent employees have lost money this way? Class action suit sounds very good to me.

In addition, Vitaflex's website deliberately hides the option to cancel contributions to Vitaflex. It it literally invisible on their website, and you have to call their help line to find out how to cancel. (Click on the blank background of a certain page.)

Vitaflex is a scam from start to finish.

anon_17821 says
Vita is happy to provide copies of all the notices that were provided to you that specifically state what happens to your funds when your employment ends. We can also provide the exact dates and times these notices were provided.


They claim they sent emails with one confiscation sentence hidden towards the bottom in the fine print. But first of all, I never received them, probably because they used the wrong email address to begin with.

Secondly, email is not a valid way to legally notify anyone of anything:

Gil Silberman, Founding Partner, Equity LLP
Answered Sep 11, 2013 · Upvoted by Adam Nyhan, Business attorney
No, generally email does not constitute valid notice unless: (a) you can prove that the person actually got it and read it, typically because they have admitted to it or responded to your email, (b) you have agreed with them in advance that emailing them qualifies as notice, or (c) less commonly, there is a statute on point that says that email notice is okay. It's a poor form of notice, because lots of email gets deleted, lost in people's spam filters, bounces, etc.
11   Quigley   ignore (0)   2018 Feb 3, 8:45am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

It’s silly too, because you can already write off travel expenses. Why do you need a company to hold your money?

I’d sue. I think you definitely have grounds.




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