The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the United Nurses Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals, says nurses in Tenet hospitals must routinely work through their meal breaks without being paid for that time. And, it alleges, they do not get the 10-minute paid rest breaks required by law for every four hours worked.....
....Nurses are seeking compensation for lost breaks going back four years, Cantore said. He figures each nurse stands to recover about $100 a day. With 7,000 nurses and four years of back pay, that works out to $420 million. "We of course would entertain settlement offers that are somewhat less than that," Cantore said.
Hope the nurses submitted requests for payment for "lack of breaktime"...that is one way of documenting "lack of staff, no break given". Another is to keep a little spiral bound note book documenting no break with date and time, also staffing if remembered. Wage laws are usually very specific and nurses have won payments before over these issues.
Exhausted RN's will find a breaking point and leave a facility over chronic stress. Chronic fatigue leads to an increased error rate.