Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa., agreed to pay nearly $1.1 million in back wages and nearly $50,000 in civil monetary penalties to settle a lawsuit that alleged that employees at its Connecticut psychiatric facility routinely worked more hours than they were paid for, the U.S. Labor Department said today.
The Labor Department filed a lawsuit in March in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Conn., against Universals Stonington Institute, North Stonington, Conn. The settlement was filed in the same court in June, but announced today.
The settlement covers 143 employees who worked with substance-abuse patients at the institute between July 1, 2004, and July 1, 2006. Universal denied any wrongdoing in the settlement. -- by Vince Galloro