Nursing home operators Quest Healthcare Development and William Penn Health Care Associations have been hit with a proposed class action filed by a nursing staff member who claims they and similarly situated nurses have been categorically underpaid.
The 10-page suit argues that William Penn Continuing Care Campus, a Jeannette, Pennsylvania nursing home operated by Quest Healthcare Development, breached its contract with “weekend warrior” nurses, who were supposedly offered 40 hours’ worth of pay for two 16-hour weekend shifts but were not compensated in accordance with this agreement.
According to the complaint, Quest Healthcare Development and William Penn Health Care Associates advertised a nursing position that would pay four extra hours per day in an effort to fulfill staffing requirements. The case contends that the plaintiff’s contract reflected this promise:
“Employee is agreeing to work a 16-hour shift on Saturday and a 16-hour shift on Sunday. Completion of these shifts, employee will receive a Baylor pay equal to 4 hours per day, resulting in a 40 hours per week pay.”
However, the case alleges that from Spring 2020 until fall of that year, the plaintiff was paid only $16 per hour. The plaintiff’s Baylor pay was $125, which totals less than their hourly rate of $16 per hour, the complaint says.
Per the filing, Quest Healthcare Development increased the plaintiff’s hourly rate to $18.50, and Baylor pay to $135, in January 2022. The Baylor wage should have been $148 given the plaintiff’s hourly wage, the case argues.
As the lawsuit tells it, the practice of shorting Baylor pay is widespread within the “weekend warrior” program. Quest Healthcare Development’s failure to provide regular pay violates Pennsylvania’s Wage Payment and Collection Law, the case alleges.
The lawsuit looks to represent all individuals employed as “weekend warriors” by Quest Healthcare Development.
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