Nurses Continue to Win Lawsuits for Unpaid Overtime Pay – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

by Norman B. Blumenthal on January 30, 2013

  In recent years, nurses have filed, and won, lawsuits for unpaid overtime pay.

  • In 2007, California’s Kaiser Permanente paid over $7 million to hundreds of improperly classified medical workers which included registered nurse coordinators;
  • In 2009, Valley Presbyterian Hospital in California settled a class action lawsuit for $1.9 million when nurses accused the hospital of routinely denying them required meal and rest breaks; and
  • In 2009, Tenet Healthcare Corp, based in California, paid $85 million to nurses after allegedly reducing their hourly rate to lower their overtime pay rate.

Recently in the state of Washington, the Washington Supreme Court awarded nurses working for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Centre back pay and interest for unpaid overtime pay.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the State of California labor laws, most licensed practical nurses are nonexempt employees entitled to overtime pay at 1.5 times the regular wage rate.  Registered nurses paid on an hourly basis, but are not paid at least $455 per week and registered with the state examining board, are generally nonexempt employees also.

In calculating the number of paid hours worked by non-exempt employees, employers must include work performed before or after shifts, during scheduled meal breaks, meetings, and paid training.

If you are a nurse who qualifies for overtime pay under California and Federal overtime laws, but your employer has not paid you overtime pay for these hours, 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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