An employee of the former Barnett Banks Inc. has sued in federal court claiming the company shortchanged its savings plan by $250 million as part of its merger this year with NationsBank Corp.

Barnett financial accounting employee Thomas S. Burns Jr. filed suit last week in Jacksonville, Fla. He is seeking class-action status on behalf of 20,000 present and former company employees and is asking that three million Barnett shares be reimbursed to the 401(k) plan.

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