Hospital Cheating Employees By Automatically Deducting Break Time

Recently, several class action lawsuits have been filed against three Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hospitals that could impact more than 100,000 current and former hospital workers. The lawsuits allege that the hospitals were cheating workers out of pay by automatically deducting a half-hour for meals, regardless of whether such a break was taken, not paying for work performed before and after scheduled shifts and not paying for required training.

Millions of dollars could be owed to these current and former employees of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, West Penn Allegheny and Pittsburgh Mercy Health System. In fact, a similar case filed in New York against the University of Rochester settled for $9 million in 2006 and affected 26,000 employees.

Automatically deducting break times from an employee’s wages regardless of whether the employee actually takes a break is in clear violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage laws. Even more common violations of these laws are incorrectly paying overtime wages, not paying overtime wages, and improper exclusion of compensable work hours (such as hours for required training).

Pogust Braslow and Millrood litigates class actions around the country against employers for failure to pay their employees the proper wage, especially for overtime hours. If you have been subjected to similar unfair payment policies, then you should contact us immediately to evaluate your potential case and to make sure that your rights are protected.