Bank of America Corp., which is trying to polish its image and lift employee morale, saw its latest efforts backfire into a new public relations nightmare in its old home state of California.

State government officials - charging that the $621 billion-asset company is extracting work without pay from its employees - are threatening to take Bank of America to court. They are upset over a program the company introduced last month in which workers nationwide were invited to "adopt" automated teller machines near their homes or workplaces.

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