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Richardson v. Statewide Healthcare Services, LLC f/k/a Statewide Healthcare Services, Inc. and d/b/a Oxford Healthcare, Court File No. 1:17-cv-00060 (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois)

On January 4, 2017, we filed a Complaint against Help at Home, LLC f/k/a Help at Home, Inc. (“Help at Home”) AND Statewide Healthcare Services, LLC f/k/a Statewide Healthcare Services, Inc. and d/b/a Oxford Healthcare (“Oxford Healthcare”) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging a violation of federal overtime law. The named plaintiff, a home health care worker, brings her claims individually and on behalf of similarly situated employees.

The Complaint alleges that Help at Home and Oxford Healthcare violated the law by paying its home health care workers straight time only for their overtime hours worked, rather than the required 1.5 times their regular rate of pay.

On May 15, 2017, Help at Home was dismissed from the lawsuit, leaving Oxford Healthcare as the only defendant in this case. To learn more about our current investigation against Help at Home’s pay practices, click here.

The case was filed as a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action in the Northern District of Illinois and seeks unpaid overtime wages plus liquidated (double) damages. Nichols Kaster, PLLP has partnered with attorney Christine E. Webber and Brian Corman of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC (www.cohenmilstein.com/) in Washington, DC in this matter.

Type of Case

Unpaid Overtime Wages

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Case Updates

  • February 2, 2018

    Oxford Healthcare – Overtime Lawsuit - Update February 2, 2018

    We are currently in the discovery phase of litigation. During this part of the case, we are exchanging information with Oxford regarding our claims and the company’s defenses. Discovery closes on March 31, 2018. We have another hearing with the Court scheduled in early April 2018. During that hearing it is our hope that the Court will schedule the remaining deadlines in this case and set a date for trial.

    If you have any questions or your contact information changes, please contact our Class Action Clerk Adwoa Afreh at afreh@nka.com or 612-256-3253.

  • November 8, 2017

    Oxford Healthcare – Overtime Lawsuit - Update November 8, 2017

    The deadline to join this case has now passed, and over 1,200 individuals have joined this lawsuit.  On November 1, 2017 we had a hearing with the Court, where we discussed the status of the case.  The Court has scheduled another status hearing in January, where we will discuss other upcoming deadlines.  Currently, we are in the discovery phase of litigation.  What this means is that over the next few months we will be exchanging evidence and other information with Oxford regarding our claims and the company’s defenses.

    If any of your contact information changes or should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Class Action Clerk Adwoa Afreh at aafreh@nka.com.

  • January 5, 2017

    Home Health Care Workers Represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC File Overtime Lawsuit Against Help at Home and Oxford HealthCare

    An individual employee of Help at Home filed a lawsuit on January 4, 2017, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleging violations of federal overtime law. The named plaintiff, an hourly home health care worker, brings her claims individually and on behalf of similarly situated employees who worked for either Help at Home or its sister company, Oxford HealthCare.

    The Complaint alleges that Help at Home and Oxford HealthCare underpaid its home health care workers by paying straight time rates rather than the required one and one-half times the employees’ regular rate of pay for their overtime hours. The case is filed as a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action, and the named plaintiff seeks unpaid overtime wages and double damages.

    Plaintiffs' attorney Rachhana T. Srey of Nichols Kaster, PLLP explained, “These workers provide much needed home health care services and spend significant hours caring for those who need assistance caring for themselves. The law requires that they be compensated fairly for the overtime hours that they work."

    Plaintiffs are represented by Rachhana T. Srey and Alexander M. Baggio from Nichols Kaster, PLLP, which has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco, California and Christine E. Webber and Brian Corman of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC, which has offices in Chicago, Illinois; Washington, DC; Denver, Colorado; New York, New York; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

    The case is entitled, Lorena Richardson v. Help at Home, LLC f/k/a Help At Home, Inc. et al, No.17-CV-00060 (Northern District of Illinois).

    Additional information about how to make a claim for overtime pay in the case may be found at www.nka.com or by calling Nichols Kaster, PLLP toll free at (877) 448-0492.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to make a claim:

You must have worked overtime (over 40 hours in a work week) as an hourly home health care worker employed by Oxford Healthcare any time from August 24, 2014 to the present.

Additional Information

What Time Frame Does This Case Cover?

While the federal statute of limitations in cases such as this allows you to recover unpaid wages for hours worked within two years of signing up for the lawsuit (three years if we can prove the company willfully violated the law), the new home health care worker regulations were implemented in January 2015. This means your claim for overtime pay may only go back as far as January 2015.

Do I Have To Pay Anything?

You do not have to pay anything to our firms if you join the lawsuit. We are handling this case on a contingency basis. This means we will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief through a settlement, final judgment, or award, and our payment will come only out of that settlement, final judgment, or award.

How Do I Prove I Worked Overtime?

It appears that in this case, Oxford Healthcare may have records of your time worked that we can get during litigation. Even so, you do not need to have proof of the exact hours you worked. If an employer does not keep accurate time records, most courts allow an employee to make a “good faith estimate” of the overtime hours worked and will generally accept the employee’s good faith estimate of his or her work hours.

How Long Will This Case Take?

The length of lawsuits like this varies from case to case. Cases like this typically last one to two years.

What About Retaliation?

The law protects you from retaliation for asserting your rights: it is against the law to retaliate against a person for joining a lawsuit for unpaid wages. If you suffer retaliation, you may be able to assert additional claims. If you currently work for Oxford Healthcare and feel you may be the victim of retaliation for participating in this lawsuit, contact us immediately.

How Can I Help?

There is strength in numbers. If you know anyone who may have a claim, please refer them to us to sign up. If you have any other information that may assist us with this case, please contact our clerk Adwoa Afreh by email at aafreh@nka.com or call toll free at (877) 448-0492, ext. 253.

How Do I Learn More?

To learn more about this case, feel free to contact the case clerk Adwoa Afreh by email at aafreh@nka.com or call toll free at (877) 448-0492, ext. 253. You can also review case updates we will post periodically above.

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