Abrishamian Requests Class Certification in Employment Law Suit Against TotalMed

On June 28th, 2019, Natalie Abrishamian filed a first-amended class action complaint against TotalMed Staffing, Inc. alleging numerous California labor law violations. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles. The allegations included in the complaint were: failure to pay for all hours worked, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to authorize or permit meal breaks, failure to furnish accurate wage statements, waiting time penalties, and unfair business practices.


Abrishamian, a nurse employed through TotalMed Staffing, a Wisconsin employment staffing agency authorized to do business in California, was assigned to work Kaiser Permanente Panorama City inside California as a non-exempt, hourly wage traveling nurse. The 13-week assignment began on November 5th, 2018, and ended on February 2nd, 2019. Abrishamian was assigned three 12-hour shifts each week. On approximately December 13th, 2018, the plaintiff's employment was terminated. The plaintiff was out of work two months before the agreed-upon end date of her employment.


Issues About the Case:

1.        Defendant Did Not Take "Per Diem" Payments into Account When Calculating Overtime Rates

2.        Defendant Did Not Provide Payment for Mandatory Training and Orientation Specific to the Job

3.        Defendant Did Not Provide or Authorize Employees to Take Mandatory Meal Breaks and Rest Breaks

4.        Defendant Did Not Provide Employees with Accurate Wage Statements as Required

5.        Defendant Engaged in Unfair Business Practices


The class action will apply to current and former employees of TotalMed Staffing, Inc. who were employed during the class time period (anywhere from 4 years before the original filing through the date of the hearing). Plaintiffs' legal counsel has filed a demand for jury trial. Abrishamian seeks class-action certification from the court on behalf of each of the following classes included in the complaint: Per Diem Class, Unpaid Time Class, Meal Break Class, and the Rest Break Class.

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