A new class action brought by night-shift hospital emergency room workers claims that Philadelphia-based hospital chain Aria Health unlawfully denied them overtime compensation by routinely requiring the employees to work through meal breaks.
According to Law360 (subscription required), the plaintiffs allege that Aria Health violated Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act when the timekeeping system at one of its hospitals automatically deducted 30 minutes per shift from their hours even though they consistently and openly worked through their breaks. The number of eligible plaintiffs could include 50 people who currently work at Aria’s Torresdale campus or were employed there during the last three years.
Laws such as the federal Fair Labor Standards Act entitle non-exempt employees to proper wages and overtime pay for actual hours worked. If you suspect that you’ve been a victim of wage theft, the attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’ Employment Litigation Group are ready to speak with you about your situation and your right to compensation. Please contact us today.