Quik Travel Staffing Inc. and two individual owners are on the receiving end of a proposed class and collective action alleging the defendants underpaid employees by failing to include per diem payments when calculating their overtime rates.
Quik Travel Staffing Inc. and two individual owners are on the receiving end of a proposed class and collective action alleging violations of state and federal labor laws.
The plaintiff in the case says she worked for the healthcare staffing company as a nurse at various healthcare facilities from November 2012 through November 2017. According to the complaint, employees would receive per diem payments to cover the costs of travel, lodging, meals, vehicles, and other expenses associated with performing their job duties. Per company policy, the suit says, the defendants would allegedly adjust these payments according to the number of hours employees worked. The case argues that the per diem payments were actually “disguised wages” since they were based on hours worked instead of actual expenses incurred. Therefore, the defendants should have included these payments in employees’ regular rates of pay for the purposes of calculating their time-and-a-half overtime wages, the suit alleges.
The lawsuit further claims that employees were denied proper meal and rest breaks, accurate wage statements, and all due wages upon termination.