UMass Memorial Health Care Reaches $2.2M Settlement in Employee Pay Suit

UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Mass., has tentatively agreed to pay $2.2 million to resolve a three-year long dispute with employees who claim the system did not adequately compensate them for time worked, according to a Worcester Business Journal report.

Two former UMass Memorial employees filed the original suit on behalf of more than 13,000 other hourly employees. They claimed UMass Memorial violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Employee Retirement Income Security Act by failing to adequately pay employees who regularly worked through meal times, before and after their shifts and through training sessions. The plaintiffs claimed those house worked exceeded 40 hours a week.

In addition to UMass Memorial, the suit named former CEO John O'Brien and former Human Resources Director Deborah Webb as defendants, according to the report.

The pending settlement follows two appeals filed by the plaintiffs. A spokesperson for the plaintiffs said the parties are waiting for the court to approve the settlement agreement, according to the report.  

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