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Healthcare Worker Unpaid Wage Claims

As a worker in the healthcare industry, you might have some of the busiest shifts of any worker in the country. You also might have very little time to pay attention to your paycheck and ensure that every minute you worked has been fairly compensated. Unfortunately, some employers will take advantage of your hectic work and try to short your pay and hope that you won’t notice.

At Josephson Dunlap, our unpaid wage claim attorneys are proud to stand up for healthcare workers nationwide. As a member of the healthcare industry – such as a doctor, nurse, surgeon, pharmacist, psychiatrist, etc. – you have done so much to help your community. Let us show our thanks by offering highly experienced and reputable legal counsel and reputation. With our help, you may be able to receive any unpaid wages and benefits, and possibly additional compensation.

We can handle healthcare worker unpaid wage claims that involve:

What is a Healthcare Worker?

Healthcare workers are individuals who are trained and employed to provide medical care, support, and assistance to patients in various healthcare settings. They play a crucial role in promoting, maintaining, and restoring health.

Here are some common types of healthcare workers:

  • Physicians/Doctors: Medical doctors who diagnose and treat illnesses, injuries, and medical conditions. They can specialize in various fields like internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, etc.
  • Nurses: Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and nurse practitioners (NPs) provide patient care, administer medications, and educate patients about health conditions and treatments.
  • Allied Health Professionals: This category includes a diverse group of professionals such as pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, radiologic technologists, and medical laboratory technologists who support patient care and treatment.
  • Medical Assistants: They perform administrative and clinical tasks in various healthcare settings, such as taking patient histories, preparing patients for exams, and assisting physicians during procedures.
  • Dentists and Dental Hygienists: Dental professionals specializing in oral health, providing services like cleanings, examinations, and treatments for dental issues.
  • Psychologists/Psychiatrists: Mental health professionals who assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders using therapy, counseling, and medications.
  • Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs): They provide emergency medical care in pre-hospital settings, responding to emergencies, stabilizing patients, and transporting them to medical facilities.
  • Medical Researchers and Scientists: Professionals involved in scientific research to advance medical knowledge, develop treatments, and improve healthcare practices.
  • Healthcare Administrators: Professionals responsible for managing healthcare facilities, ensuring efficient operations, and overseeing staff and patient care.
  • Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides: These workers provide care and assistance to individuals who need help with daily living activities at home or in assisted living facilities.

These roles encompass a wide range of responsibilities and expertise, all crucial for maintaining the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

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Wage & Hour Violations in the Healthcare Industry

Hospitals, medical institutions, and other healthcare employers know that all workers must be provided a fair wage. Otherwise, the company or corporation could face heavy legal penalties. As such, a healthcare employer that tries to short the wages and benefits of its workers will take great strides to conceal those efforts, which makes it all the more difficult for workers to notice that anything is wrong at first.

Our healthcare worker unpaid wage claim lawyers from Josephson Dunlap can make sense of your situation, no matter how complicated it became due to your employer’s actions to short your pay. Even if your employer did not intentionally commit wage violations, you could still have a valid claim or lawsuit to bring against it.

Different methods that employers use to short hours, wages, and benefits can include:

  • Time-shavingTime-shaving is an unethical and illegal employment practice in which employers intentionally manipulate or alter employees' time records to reduce their payable working hours. This deceitful act typically involves rounding down the employees' clock-in and clock-out times, omitting overtime hours, or deleting portions of recorded work time. As a result, employees are deprived of their rightful earnings. Time-shaving violates labor laws and regulations, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in the United States.
  • Meal and rest break violationsMeal and rest break violations occur when employers fail to provide their employees with legally mandated breaks during their workday, as stipulated by labor laws and regulations in various jurisdictions. These violations can take several forms, including denying employees their entitled breaks, requiring employees to work through their breaks, or providing insufficient break durations.
  • Off-the-clock workMandatory off-the-clock work is an unlawful employment practice in which employers require or pressure their employees to perform job duties outside of their regular working hours without providing proper compensation. Off-the-clock work violations are a particularly common problem in the healthcare industry, where employees often need to react quickly to patient emergencies. Employers must ensure that a worker is paid for any medical care they provide while technically not on the clock. 

Overtime Pay Violations in Healthcare

Overtime pay is another gray area in the healthcare industry that can be taken advantage of by a dishonest healthcare employer. Like most other workers, many workers in the healthcare industry are eligible to receive overtime pay in some circumstances. However, calculating overtime pay in the healthcare industry can become difficult due to complications unique to that industry. This difficulty in calculating overtime pay accurately can make it easier for an employer to find ways to short overtime pay unlawfully without the affected worker noticing.

Overtime pay complications in the healthcare industry can include:

  • Shift differentials: When an employee works outside their typical schedule, they can be eligible for shift differential pay to compensate them for the inconvenience. Shift differential pay is common in healthcare, especially among nurses. Overtime pay must factor in shift differential pay, which adds a complication to the process.
  • Hazard pay: Many hospital workers may be eligible for hazard pay due to the risk of injury and illness that is inherent in their jobs. When you worked overtime, did it calculate your hazard pay as a healthcare worker? If not, you could have a wage violation claim to file.
  • Bonuses: Special bonuses can be earned by healthcare workers, depending on their job titles and duties. In some cases, the bonus pay can be affected by overtime pay. Our attorneys can review your employment contract to see if you should be paid additional overtime due to a special bonus option.
  • Misclassification of Employees: Employers may misclassify healthcare workers as exempt from overtime when they should be considered non-exempt. For example, some administrative or managerial roles might be mislabeled as exempt when they actually qualify for overtime pay.
  • Minimum Wage Violations: Healthcare workers, especially those in entry-level or support roles, might be paid below the minimum wage set by federal or state laws. This can happen through direct payment below the minimum wage or by not properly compensating for all hours worked.
  • Travel Time and Training Violations: Healthcare workers who travel between different job sites or attend mandatory training sessions should typically be compensated for that time. Violations occur when employers fail to consider this time as compensable work hours.
  • Recordkeeping Violations: Employers are required to maintain accurate records of hours worked, breaks taken, wages paid, and other employment-related information. Violations can occur if these records are inaccurate, incomplete, or not maintained.
  • Unpaid Internships or Training: In some cases, healthcare workers may be engaged in internships or training programs. If these programs involve work that benefits the employer, the workers should be compensated at least minimum wage unless it meets specific criteria for an unpaid internship or training program.

These violations can have serious consequences for healthcare workers, affecting their financial stability and overall well-being. Legal regulations regarding wages and hours can vary by location and may be subject to federal, state, or local laws, so it's essential for workers to understand their rights and for employers to comply with these regulations.

How Legal Action Can Help

It can be understandably intimidating to want to file a claim against your employer. Taking legal action against a large healthcare institution can be even more challenging. Start by teaming up with our healthcare worker unpaid wage attorneys.

We would be glad to show you the many benefits of starting an unpaid wage claim as a healthcare worker, such as:

  • Fair compensation: The main purpose of an unpaid wage claim is to get you the wages that you earned but were never provided. A successful claim could restore your lost wages and secure additional compensation for damages caused by the short.
  • Employer penalties: The healthcare employer that shorted your wages could be penalized by the court and/or through government action. Such penalties are meant to discourage an employer from conducting the same violations in the future. Furthermore, employer penalties could include paying punitive damages to affected employees and workers.
  • Protection for coworkers: Your unpaid wage claim could be the first step in making sure that your coworkers are also paid a fair wage. By standing up for yourself, you could ultimately be standing up for healthcare workers across the nation.

Please be aware that you could have a very limited amount of time to file an unpaid wage claim as a healthcare worker, depending on where you were employed or how the wage violations occurred. Do not hesitate to call (888) 742-7242 as soon as you need legal help.

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Josephson Dunlap has been fighting for workers – and only workers, never employers – for years. In that time, we have helped more than 100,000 workers nationwide and filed more than 1,800 wage claims. With our reputation and experience, you know that you can trust your healthcare worker unpaid wage claim or lawsuit with us. Let us stand up to your employer and fight for what is right on your behalf.

Contact our law firm now to get more information about your options if your wages have been shorted.

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