Nurses who work or have worked for medical managed care companies Kaiser Permanente and Permanente Medical Group are suing their employer for unpaid wages and overtime compensation. The class action lawsuit could potentially include thousands of nurses who were employed by the company as “advice nurses” to answer patients’ health care questions by telephone.
The plaintiffs in this case were employed in facilities throughout California from September 14, 2012 through the present. As part of their jobs, they used certain computer programs, software programs, and applications, and were required to log on to these programs and applications – up to ten minutes each day – but were not compensated for that time. Additionally, they were not paid for time spent logging back on after meal breaks or for the time it took them to log-off of the required systems at the end of their workdays. Plaintiffs claim that Kaiser Permanente was obligated to pay them for all of this “off-the-clock” work, at their regular hourly rate or at an overtime rate where applicable, under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act as well as under various California state wage and hour laws.
Failing to pay employees for “off-the-clock” work is illegal, and employers who fail to do so should be held accountable. The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Employment Litigation Group are currently interviewing current and former advice nurses who have worked for Kaiser Permanente or Permanente Medical Group, in California and across the United States, to learn about their concerns about wage abuse and unpaid overtime. If you have information that would assist our investigation, please contact us today!