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Bayada Skilled Care Home Health Clinicians Sue for Unpaid Wages

Thursday, January 05 - 2017

Stephan Zouras, LLP represents skilled care home health Clinicians, such as Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and Medical Social Workers, who have worked more than 40 hours in a workweek but did not receive overtime pay because they have been misclassified as “exempt” under federal and state wage laws. 
 
On November 30, 2016, Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a nationwide class and collective action on behalf of current and former Clinicians employed by Bayada Home Health Care. Inc.  at any time from November 30, 2013 to the present. 
 
 

Home Health Care Clinician Unpaid Overtime Lawsuits FAQs

Thursday, January 05 - 2017

All too often, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Medical Social Workers and other skilled home healthcare professionals employed by hospitals, medical institutions and home health agencies are wrongfully deprived of earned overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours per week.  Employers misclassifying Clinicians as “Exempt“ to avoid paying earned overtime is a rampant problem in this industry.  
 
Here are some common questions and answers regarding Home Health Care Clinician unpaid overtime lawsuits:

Stephan Zouras, LLP Represents Vanguard Home Health Nurses and Therapists in Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit

Thursday, July 14 - 2016

Stephan Zouras, LLP represents Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists who have worked more than 40 hours in a workweek but did not receive overtime pay because they have been misclassified as “exempt” under federal and state wage laws.   Many hospitals, medical institutions and home health agencies pay home health nurses and therapists on a “per visit” basis for patient visits and an “hourly” basis for other work.  This type of “hybrid” compensation scheme is unlawful, and does not excuse the employer from paying overtime as required by federal and state wage laws.  
 
On July 14, 2016 Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a class and collective action on behalf of current and former Vanguard Home Care nurses and therapists.  Because the home health nurses and therapists were paid for their work on a combination of a “per visit” basis for time spent visiting patients and hourly basis for other work, they contend they were not paid on a legally-recognized salary or fee basis and thus, entitled to overtime for all time worked in excess of 40 hours in given workweeks.  If you work or worked for Vanguard Home Care and would like more information on your rights contact us or click here to join the case.

Stephan Zouras, LLP Represents Verizon Workers in Unpaid Wages Lawsuit

Tuesday, September 20 - 2016

On September 9, 2016, Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a class and collective action on behalf of former wireline workers employed by Verizon.  Plaintiffs allege that Verizon and other companies including TesInc and Evans Splicing violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by paying them at a straight rate instead of the required overtime rate (1 1/2 (x) their straight rate) for hours worked above 40 per week.  If you worked for one of these companies and would like to join the case or want more information on your rights, please contact us.

Loan Officer Lawsuit FAQs

Friday, August 19 - 2016

All too often, loan officers employed by banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions are wrongfully denied overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours per week.  Failing to pay overtime is a rampant problem in this industry.   
 
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) defines a loan officer as someone that evaluates, authorizes or recommends approval of commercial, real estate or credit loans.  In addition, a loan officer may advise borrowers on financial status and payment methods and includes mortgage loan officers and agents, collection analysts, loan servicing officers and loan underwriters.  The DOL has stated that typical loan officers are entitled to minimum wage and overtime wages.  Likewise, loan offices are entitled to a guaranteed minimum wage and overtime under state wage laws.
 
Here are some common questions and answers regarding Loan Officer Lawsuits:

Stephan Zouras, LLP Represents Customer Engineers in Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Against NCR

Tuesday, August 02 - 2016

Stephan Zouras, LLP currently represents Customer Engineers “CEs” who have joined the fight to recover unpaid wages and overtime pay.  In the lawsuit, Plaintiffs claim that NCR failed to pay them for time spent before their scheduled shifts receiving work assignments, checking routes, loading and unloading their vehicles, providing ETA’s, pre-calling customers and driving to their first job of the day.  Stephan Zouras, LLP has represented over a thousand CEs nationwide and has negotiated favorably on their behalf recovering more in weekly unpaid wages than any other settlement with the company.  If you work or worked for NCR and would like more information on your rights, contact us or to join the case click here.

Friendly's Servers Seek Unpaid Wages

Tuesday, May 24 - 2016

On February 11, 2015, Stephan Zouras filed a class and collective action complaint on behalf of current and former Friendly's Servers.  Plaintiffs allege that Friendly's and its franchisees, owners of roughly 300 restaurants from Maine to Florida, violated federal and state law by knowingly requiring its Servers to work “off-the-clock” during unpaid meal breaks and after their scheduled shifts without properly tracking this work or paying any wages for it.

Court Grants Class Certification for Federal Savings Bank Loan Officers Nationwide

Tuesday, May 24 - 2016

Stephan Zouras, LLP represents current and former loan officers in a class and collective action seeking unpaid minimum and overtime wages.  Plaintiffs allege that The Federal Savings Bank, a residential mortgage company, failed to pay its loan officers a guaranteed salary and misclassified them as “exempt” to avoid paying minimum and overtime compensation.  Plaintiffs also claim the defendant failed to record actual time worked by its loan officers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act “FLSA” and applicable state wage law.  On May 20, 2016 the Court granted conditional collective certification for 600 “outside sales” loan officers nationwide, alleging The Federal Savings Bank willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying them as “exempt” and depriving them of overtime pay.  Plaintiffs are seeking to recover unpaid earned wages, liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees and other damages on behalf of “outside sales” loan officers who worked anywhere in the United States. 

David J. Cohen Joins Stephan Zouras, LLP

Tuesday, April 19 - 2016

Stephan Zouras, LLP is expanding its nationwide presence by welcoming David J. Cohen as of-counsel.  Dave joins us from Philadelphia, PA where he is based.

For over 20 years, Dave has fought for the rights of employees and consumers and brings unparalleled legal skills and expertise to our team. Dave has served as both lead and co-lead counsel in dozens of significant employment and consumer matters across the United States, including the first wage and hour class action to challenge a health system's ability to pay overtime wages on a pay-period basis, the first FLSA collective action to recover overtime wages for healthcare worker uniform maintenance, and the first class action accusing Merck of consumer fraud for failing to disclose the cardiovascular risks of Vioxx.

 

Stephan Zouras, LLP Represents Advocate Health Care Infusion Nurses

Tuesday, May 17 - 2016

On May 13, 2016, Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a class and collective action on behalf of current and former Registered Nurses employed by Advocate Home Health Care who provide infusion and pediatric care to patients in their homes (“Infusion RNs”).  Plaintiffs allege that Advocate wrongly classified Infusion RNs as “exempt” from federal and state laws to deprive them of significant earned overtime wages.  Because Infusion RNs were paid for their work on a combination of a “per visit” basis for time spent visiting patients and hourly basis for other work, they contend they are not paid on a legally-recognized salary or fee basis and thus, are entitled to overtime for all time worked in excess of 40 hours in given workweeks.  

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