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NEW OVERTIME LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST OSU PHYSICIANS, INC. FOR HEALTHCARE EMPLOYEES’ UNPAID WORK

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Coffman Legal’s Ohio FLSA Overtime Attorneys filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against OSU Physicians, Inc. for failing to compensate its healthcare employees for pre-shift work and interrupted meal breaks.

On November 11, 2020, the law firm of Coffman Legal, LLC filed a Collective and Class Action Complaint against Defendant Ohio State University Physicians, Inc. (“OSU Physicians”) on behalf of hourly healthcare employees for the alleged failure of OSU Physicians to compensate its employees for overtime wages earned for all overtime work performed in violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”).

OSU Physicians is a physician group that provides outpatient care throughout Central Ohio and the surrounding areas where it employed Plaintiff and other hourly healthcare employees.

The Complaint alleges that OSU Physicians require its healthcare employees to arrive prior to the start of their scheduled shift to engage in pre-shift, preparatory job duties, which included, but are not limited to, booting up their computer and software programs, checking provider messages, checking post-discharge calls, checking the fax server, determining which doctors were in the clinic, reviewing patient advice requests, reviewing refill requests, and preparing provider orders for the day

The Complaint further alleges that OSU Physicians healthcare employees were required to clock out of work for a meal break, but that their meal breaks were regularly interrupted by managers for meetings, to discuss work, to answer questions about patients, or to assist other healthcare employees.

The FLSA requires an employer to pay employees for the their work. Further, if an employer requires its employees to take an unpaid meal break, then it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the employee is completely relieved from their job duties so they can solely eat a meal.

The Complaint alleges these job duties were integral and indispensable to the healthcare employees’ primary job activities, and as such, they should have been compensated for the time spent performing this work. In addition, the Complaint alleges these healthcare employees did not receive a bona fide meal break because they were not completely relieved from their job duties.

This lawsuit provides an example of how an employer can underpay its employees in violation of the FLSA by not fully paying them all overtime wages earned for all overtime work that they perform. This unpaid time often results in unpaid overtime which adds up over the course of an employee’s employment.  The FLSA sets forth the minimum compensation employees must be paid, and non-exempt hourly employees are entitled to receive full and proper compensation under the FLSA, including overtime.

The lawsuit seeks unpaid overtime wages since November 11, 2017, liquidated damages in an amount equal to the unpaid overtime, attorney’s fees, and costs, among other things.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division (Columbus) and is titled Daniels v. Ohio State University Physicians, Inc., Case No. 2:20-cv-5859.

Additional information about the collective and class action against OSU Physicians may be found by contacting our office by calling 1-614-949-1181 or emailing mcoffman@mcoffmanlegal.com. If you have any questions about whether you are being properly paid all overtime wages earned for all of the compensable hours you work (including overtime), then contact our office today to speak with our Overtime Attorneys regarding any wage and hour issues.

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