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Employee Class Action Settlement

Employment Lawyers Group has a final approval hearing on a minimum wage, restricted on-call wage and hour class action settlement on May 27, 2016 in the Kern County Superior Court. Nurses, social workers, and persons involved in this settlement may soon receive distributions.
Employment Lawyers Group, Bakersfield Office
Employment Lawyers Group, Bakersfield Office 2016-05-26 07:48:39
Preliminary approval on a class action settlement for nurses, hospice aids, social workers, and spiritual aids was granted some months back. May 27, 2016 is the official Final Approval hearing for this employee class action settlement called Gough v. Hoffmann Hospice of the Valley.

Employees who were on-call were not paid minimum wage to be on-call. Their pay stubs did not accurately reflect their rates of pay or numbers of hours worked.

The court gave preliminary approval to Karl Gerber of the Employment Lawyers Group to be the class counsel. He can be contacted at 1-877-525-0700.

Rene Gough v. Hoffmann Hospice of the Valley, Inc.

Kern County Superior Court Case No. S-1500-CV-280807

Plaintiff, RENE GOUGH (“Plaintiff”), brought an action in this court against, Defendant, HOFFMANNN HOSPICE OF THE VALLEY, INC. (“Defendant”). She initially alleged this action was brought on behalf of all Defendant LVN’s, RN’s, and Social Workers who worked “on-call” for Defendant.

Plaintiff alleged the LVNs, RNs, and Social Workers of Defendant were required to work on-call hours, but were paid less than minimum wage for the hours they waited to be called for an on-call assignment.

During the discovery conducted in the case, it was discovered that there were other individuals who also worked on-call assignments for Defendant, including limited numbers of Hospice Aides and some Spiritual Counselors.

In asking that this case be certified as a class action and the negotiated settlement approved, Plaintiff requested that Settlement Class Members receive compensation in connection with three different categories of recovery. The categories include: (a) Wage payments for Settlement Class Members who covered on-call shifts between July 2, 2010 and January 31, 2016; (b) California Labor Code Section 203 penalties, applicable to Settlement Class Members who were terminated after July 2, 2011 and before January 31, 2016, who did not receive correct payment for on-call shifts; and, (c) California Labor Code Section 226 penalties for Settlement Class Members who received incorrect payroll payment stubs between July 2, 2013 and January 31, 2016. Each category entitles an eligible Settlement Class Member who is covered under the terms of that specific category to a payment amount from the available settlement funds.

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Karl Gerber
Proposed Class Counsel

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