A group of caregivers out of California filed a class action lawsuit against Kindred Healthcare, Inc. for alleged failures to pay minimum wage and appropriate overtime wages. In addition, the suit claims that there were rest and meal break violations.
Kindred Healthcare is one of the largest post-acute healthcare services facilities in the country and employs about 63,000 workers in 47 states. They show annual revenues of more than $5 billion. There are more than 3.5 million Californians that work as caregivers. They form a dynamic workforce-one of the fastest growing sectors in the state of California. The company, Kindred, provides approximately 300 caregiver jobs in Northern Arizona. The business practices of Kindred could be drastically altered if the court finds that the charges made in the suit have merit.
Businesses who adhere to the law must provide workers with a fair wage and compensate them in compliance with California state labor regulations. Any workers who work overtime must be paid in full in a timely manner and receive the designated meal and rest breaks. This is a large lawsuit so will require time to wend its way through their courts.
Many will watch to see how the court will find in connection to the mega-employer and their adherence to and enforcement of the labor code. Skeptics speculate that the bigger the employer (and the more money they control), the more difficult it is to obtain justice when filing suit against them. It’s a great test case to make the point that even the largest of companies are not above the law.
California workers’ rights are protected by law. If you have questions about how you are being treated at your workplace, call your southern California employment law experts at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik.