Staff Assistance Inc. Faces A Class Action Lawsuit Filed by Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik That Claims The Company Failed To Provide Meal Breaks and Overtime Wages

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The lawsuit alleges that the home health, palliative care, hospice care and care-giver services company violated numerous California labor laws by allegedly requiring their Licensed Vocational Nurses to work unpaid hours

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The lawsuit also claims that the Company failed to give their employees complete and accurate wage statements in order to avoid paying all overtime worked by their California employees

On December 29, 2014 the Los Angeles employment law lawyers at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug and Bhowmik filed a proposed class action Complaint against Staff Assistance, Inc. ("SAI") for allegedly failing to provide their employees with the legally required thirty minute uninterrupted meal periods. The lawsuit also claims that the Company failed to give their employees complete and accurate wage statements in order to avoid paying all overtime worked by their California employees. The SAI lawsuit, Case No. BC567943 is currently pending in Los Angeles County Superior Court. To view a copy of the Complaint, click here.

The lawsuit filed against Staff Assistance, Inc. claims that SAI's uniform policy and practice to not pay their employees the correct overtime wages for all overtime hours worked is evidenced by SAI's business records. Under the California Labor Code, an employee who is classified as non-exempt and is paid on an hourly basis must be paid overtime wages for time worked in excess of eight hours in a workday and time worked over forty hours in a workweek. Furthermore, the Complaint alleges that SAI failed to maintain and provide their employees with accurate wage statements evidencing the correct overtime wages for all overtime worked, including, work performed in excess of eight (8) hours in a workday and/or forty (40) hours in any workweek.

The Complaint also alleges that the employees working at Staff Assistance, Inc. were unable to take off duty meal breaks and were not fully relieved of duty for meal periods because the Company did not have a policy or practice that provided meal and rest breaks to their employees. California law requires employers to provide their non-exempt employees paid on an hourly basis with thirty minute meal periods before the employee works five hours. The penalty for failing to provide adequate meal breaks is one hour of pay under the California Labor Code.

Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that SAI failed to reimburse and indemnify their employees for required business expenses incurred as a direct result of discharging their duties on behalf of SAI. The Complaint claims that in the course of their employment, SAI required their employees to travel between job sites but failed to reimburse their employees for the cost associated with traveling to the job sites assigned to them, including money for gas. Under California Labor Code Section 2802, employers are required to indemnify employees for all expenses incurred in the course and scope of their employment.

For more information about the class action lawsuit filed against Staff Assistance, Inc., please call (866) 771-7099 to speak to one of the attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug and Bhowmik or click here.

Blumenthal, Nordrehaug and Bhowmik is a labor law firm that has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. The firm dedicates its practice to helping employees fight back against unfair business practices, including violations of the California Labor Code and Fair Labor Standards Act. Don’t wait for your statute of limitations to run on your potential claims. Feel free to contact one of their experienced labor law attorneys to collect unpaid wages by clicking here or calling (866) 771-7099.

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