Most employees enjoy their jobs and are lucky enough to have a good relationship with their employers. They are fairly compensated for their work according to an agreement between them and their companies. Unfortunately, there are those who are not so fortunate. A group of California healthcare workers are currently in an employment dispute and have accused their employer of several violations relating to fair compensation.
The employees were working for a healthcare provider called Kindred Healthcare. They have filed suit against that company and two of its related companies. They claim that Kindred failed to pay employees minimum wage, did not offer overtime pay and denied them meal or rest breaks. Several employees, named as plaintiffs in the suit, have spoken out directly, affirming these accusations.
Kindred has stated they wish to conduct their own investigation before they release an official comment, though they have expressed their intention to defend themselves. The suit could have a far-reaching effect no matter the outcome -- around 300 people work for the company in Northern California, with close to 63,000 people being employed by them nationwide. Overall, caregivers make up a large portion of healthcare workers and this field is a growing area of the industry.
If the courts agree with the California caregivers, Kindred could be forced to cover any payment owed to employees or compensate them in some other manner. Anyone who is in a similar situation to these employees and feels that they have not been properly compensated for their work might make the decision to file a suit against their employer. It may be the most effective way to settle an employment dispute and ensure that employees are treated fairly.
Source: seniorhousingnews.com, "California Workers Name Kindred in Lawsuit, Cite Wage Violations", Cassandra Dowell, July 7, 2014