BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) – A class action lawsuit brought by thousands of nurses who said they were not being paid properly for lunch and other breaks has been settled with Kitsap County’s leading health care system, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.
Under the $ 5.5 million settlement, nurses will receive an average payment of $ 510, their lawyers say. The actual amounts depend on wages and other factors, Kitsap Sun reported.
The case presented by a nurse at the former Harrison Medical Center included more than 7,000 Virginia Mason Franciscan Health employees. The lawsuit, filed in 2019, accused the health care system of violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state law.
The lawsuit claims nurses working shifts of 12 hours or more, “experience significant amounts of pre- and post-shift work outside of the day, including unpayed, service time preparing for their days before enlarging and completing the card and patient documents after the day ”.
Cary Evans, a Franciscan spokeswoman for Virginia Mason, said they are committed to fair compensation for their employees.
“We strongly deny that we violated any wage and hour laws,” he said. “However, we believe the best use of our resources is to move forward and focus on the care of high-quality patients, rather than further expanding a costly and time-consuming legal case.”