NYC Hospitals Named In Lawsuit Regarding UnPaid Overtime

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    "A wave of class-action lawsuits hit city hospitals Thursday, charging nurses and other employees are forced to work through unpaid lunch breaks.
    The eight suits against public and private institutions say more than 100,000 workers were systematically cheated out of overtime."

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/...ges_suits.html
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    And how many breaks/lunch breaks have YOU worked thru?
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    I'm confused by the post of the first person who commented on the news site. I can't tell if he or she supports or opposes the plaintiffs. If the post is in opposition to the plaintiffs, I can't understand where this person is coming from. If it's quality patient care, then this person should realize that the patients will receive far better care from a rested nurse.
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    Yeah.....I'm Cheated out of Overtime also......
    It's called "SALARY."
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    Awesome news. More nurses need to make waves to ensure they get the money they deserve. We shouldn't be free labor and the hospitals are 100% aware that what they are doing is dead wrong. I hope they have to pay back millions. I hope other nurses read this and act upon it if it is happening to them.
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    I never, never, ever get a lunch break. There just is not time. My patients are not safe if I step off of the floor because I don't have enough staff. I just cram food in my mouth and keep running. To get my paycheck, I have to sign a piece of paper stating that I had all my break time uninterrupted. I am a liar every time I sign it, but I need my paycheck. I guess they have all the bases covered.
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    The trouble is that the nurses didn't ask to be relieved for lunch, so bosses can now say that they didn't know the nurses weren't getting their lunch breaks, so how can they be liable if they had no opportunity to correct the problem.

    Yeah, we know they probably were well aware. But we must speak up. We must document who we notified and when that we needed lunch relief, what the response was, when and whom we re-notified, etc.
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    I've only worked in one hospital that paid for our lunch hour and still allowed us to eat. I've had supervisors who sent an extra admission my way if I took ten minutes to eat because "you had time to eat, so you must be caught up". Nurses are too afraid to stand up for themselves-we should be getting breaks and either a paid lunch or a firm 30 minutes off the floor to relax. I hope they win-police officers won this in the 1980's-we're way behind.
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    Salaried employment is not the same situation, clearly. Salaried employees elect to take such positions, knowing how this works, and can always re-join the rank and file who clock in and out for their pay. Strong-arming people to work through breaks and OT and not fairly compensating them is illegal, not to mention, highly unethical; hardly the same thing.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Mar 28, '10
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    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Salaried employment is not the same situation, clearly. Salaried employees elect to take such positions, knowing how this works, and can always re-join the rank and file who clock in and out for their pay. Strong-arming people to work through breaks and OT and not fairly compensating them is illegal, not to mention, highly unethical; hardly the same thing.
    Totally Disagree.........
    Salaried Emplyees should NOT be expected to take on more responsibilities because "Management" wants to cut the hourly employees and "Stay within the Budget."


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