CareGroup Hospital Group in Boston Settles Class Action Labor Lawsuit for $8.5 Million For Non Payment on Over Time
Posted Jun 10 2010 6:01am
As the article states employees will be able to file claims and be reimbursed and CareGroup did not admit to any wrong actions with settling the suit which still needs approval from a US district Judge in Boston. Most of the hospitals in the group have experienced efforts of local labor groups trying to organize employees. BD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and two other Massachusetts hospitals affiliated through CareGroup, a bond-holding company, have agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the hospitals failed to compensate employees when they worked during breaks and before and after shifts.
The settlement, which is subject to approval by a U.S. district judge in Boston, is the first to stem from similar class-action lawsuits brought by the law firm Thomas & Solomon on behalf of employees of several hospitals and systems in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit alleges their compensation practices violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.