This could be a huge win for employees in the State of California
Orange County, California (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
The Federal Court for the Central District of California has tentatively ruled a lawsuit brought on behalf of Coventry Health Care, Inc. (“Coventry”) Field Case Managers should be able to proceed as a class action. The case entitled Rieve v. Coventry Health Care, Inc., Case No. SA CV 11-1032 DOC(MLGx) is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
The class action lawsuit was filed by the law firm of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik. The case, originally filed in April 2011, alleges that Coventry misclassified the Field Case Managers as exempt from overtime pay and as a result, failed to provide employees with overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, and accurate wage statements as required by California law.
Under California law, all non-exempt employees are entitled to be paid overtime wages at one and a half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of eight hours in a workday, forty hours in a workweek, or the first eight hours of a seventh consecutive workday. Said Norm Blumenthal, managing partner of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik, “Coventry Health and any other company involved in this alleged practice of classifying employees performing non-exempt tasks as exempt from overtime wages as these employees are non-exempt nurses performing nurse related work is something that needs to be looked at very closely by the Courts. This could be a big win for employees in the state of California.”
The court has tentatively certified the following class in the case: “All those individuals employed by [Coventry Health] in California who worked as a Field Case Manager at any time from April 7, 2007 to May 1, 2012.”
In the coming weeks, all individuals who are believed to be part of the class will be notified of their rights. If you work as a Field Case Manager for a different company and are not being paid overtime, 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.