A proposed class and collective action out of Arkansas federal court accuses Arkansas Total Care, Inc.; Centene Corporation; and Centene Management Company, LLC of federal and state wage violations stemming from allegedly unpaid overtime compensation.
The plaintiff worked for the three health care service providers from January to August 2018 as a care coordinator in Little Rock, the complaint says. According to the lawsuit, the former care coordinator’s job duties included traveling to meet clients, scheduling appointments, and driving clients to and from appointments. The plaintiff alleges she only received payment for the hours she was scheduled to work, despite regularly putting in additional time beyond her scheduled hours. From the complaint:
“The work that Plaintiff and the class members performed and were required to perform was not all able to be done in their set schedule, including travel to customer locations while doing work and entering in customer information into Defendants' software systems; therefore not all of the work was compensated.”
The suit further argues that the plaintiff’s allegedly uncompensated hours should have been paid at a premium time-and-a-half overtime rate, as they caused her weekly hours to exceed 40.