District Court Takes Steps to Award Overtime Pay to California Field Case Managers – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

by Norman B. Blumenthal on December 31, 2012

  The Central District Court of California has certified a class of Field Case Managers for Coventry Health Care, Inc. (Coventry).  According to the district court, the class consists of all field case managers employed by Coventry in California from April 7, 2007 to May 1, 2012.

The lawsuit, filed by the law firm of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik, accused Coventry of purposely misclassifying their field case managers as exempt to avoid paying them overtime pay.  As a result, Coventry failed to provide their field case managers with overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, and accurate wage statements as required by California law.

Under California law, all non-exempt employees are entitled to be paid overtime wages at one and a half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of eight hours in a workday, forty hours in a workweek, or the first eight hours of a seventh consecutive workday.  Said Norm Blumenthal, managing partner of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik, “Companies, such as Coventry, consistently misclassify field case managers as salaried employees exempt from overtime, when they should be classified as non-exempt.”  All individuals who are believed to be part of the class will be notified of their rights.

Recently, Coventry agreed to pay a $3 million fine to settle several workers’ compensation complaints.  According to the federal complaint, Coventry’s process for confirming Medicare eligibility for its workers' compensation set-aside product was improper.

Earlier this month, Coventry stockholders approved the sale of the company to Aetna of Hartford, CO for $7 billion.

If you work as a Field Case Manager for a different company and are not being paid overtime, call an experienced Los Angeles labor attorney today at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik at (310) 981-3918.  Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik is a California employment law firm with offices located in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The firm dedicates its practice to contingency fee employment law work for issues involving misclassification as a salaried worker exempt from overtime, failure to pay vacation wages, misclassification as an independent contractor, off-the-clock work, wrongful termination, discrimination and other California labor laws.

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