Partners HealthCare System, Boston, has agreed to pay $17.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the 10-hospital system failed to pay employees when they worked through scheduled meal breaks, according to court records.
Partners HealthCare agrees to pay $17.3 million to settle class-action lawsuit
The agreement was filed Nov. 5 in U.S. District Court in Boston and remains subject to court approval. “We greatly value our employees, and remain fully committed to ensuring that they are properly paid for all the hours they work,” Partners said in a memo distributed that day to employees.
Partners is one of 26 healthcare systems to be targeted by similar lawsuits brought by the law firm Thomas & Solomon on behalf of hospital workers. The only other organization to settle so far was CareGroup, a bondholding company that includes Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and 97-bed New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. CareGroup agreed to pay $8.5 million in a settlement reached in June.
The Partners agreement stipulates that the system “asserted and continue to assert defenses to this action and have expressly denied and continue to deny any wrongdoing or legal liability.” (Read more about wage-and-hour litigation in the Nov. 22 issue of Modern Healthcare.)
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