suit claims hospitals fixed nurses' pay
by [color=#004276]steven greenhouse
published: june 21, 2006
nurses filed class-action lawsuits yesterday against hospitals in chicago, memphis, san antonio and albany, asserting that the hospitals had violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring to hold down nurses' wages.
the lawsuits maintain that hospitals in each city agreed not to pay their registered nurses above a certain amount and exchanged information about how much they were paying their nurses.
lawyers for the nurses said the hospitals had artificially depressed wages by hundreds of millions of dollars in chicago and memphis and by tens of millions of dollars in san antonio and albany....