The San Diego Labor Lawyers at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik File A Class Action Against Alliance Human Services For Allegedly Failing To Pay Social Workers Overtime

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Social Workers who were allegedly forced to work uncompensated overtime hours as a result of being classified as salaried employees exempt from overtime pay fight back against their employer with a class action lawsuit

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The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of back pay and statutory penalties for the Social Workers

On February 27, 2014, the San Diego employment lawyers at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik filed a class action lawsuit against Alliance Human Services, Inc. ("Alliance") for allegedly failing to pay their Social Workers overtime pay. Salem v. Alliance Human Services, Inc., Case No. CIVRS1401129 is currently pending in the San Bernardino County Superior Court for the State of California.

The class action complaint alleges that the Social Workers who were employed with Alliance performed tasks such as meeting with potential foster parents in their homes, reviewing client reports, answering phone calls from county placement workers, and writing home studies into pre-formatted templates. The lawsuit further claims that as a result of these tasks, which are allegedly considered "non-exempt tasks," the Social Workers should have been paid overtime wages. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of back pay and statutory penalties for the Social Workers.

The lawsuit against Alliance is not the first time Social Workers have complained of being underpaid. Recently, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that social workers in Washington state were entitled to overtime because they did not have to follow an advanced, specialized course of study to get hired and thus were not “learned professionals.” See Solis v. Washington, 656 F.3d 1079.

The San Diego labor attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik represent employees in the State of California in class actions for unpaid overtime, unpaid business expenses, and missed meal and rest breaks. If you would like free California labor law advice, call one of their experienced attorneys today at (800) 568-8020.

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