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Employment

The Anthem Companies, Inc. (New York)

Lazaar et al. v. The Anthem Companies, Inc.
Court File No. 1:22-cv-03075 (Southern District of New York)

On April 13, 2022, our law firm filed a case against The Anthem Companies, Inc. (“Anthem”) in U.S. District Court, for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of Medical Management Nurses, Utilization Management Nurses, Utilization Review Nurses, and similar positions. The Named Plaintiff seeks overtime pay on behalf of herself and all other similarly situated nurses who worked for Anthem, or for one of its subsidiaries, in the state of New York. The Complaint alleges that Medical Management Nurses, Utilization Management Nurses, Utilization Review Nurses, and similar positions were paid a salary and did not receive any overtime compensation for overtime hours worked as a result of Anthem’s unlawful practice of classifying them as exempt, salaried employees. 

The case was filed as a collective action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. § 216(b) and as a class action under the New York Labor Law, Article 19 §§ 650, et seq., and the supporting New York State Department of Labor regulations (“NYLL”).  The Plaintiff seeks unpaid overtime compensation, double damages, and other applicable penalties.

Type of Case

Unpaid Time

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Am I eligible?

Because this lawsuit arises under both federal and state law, you may have a qualifying federal law claim, state law claim, or both federal and state law claims.

Do I Have a Qualifying Federal Law Claim?

You may be eligible to make a claim under federal law if you worked over forty (40) hours per week for Anthem or any subsidiary in New York within the past three years as a Utilization Management Nurse, Utilization Review Nurse, Medical Management Nurse, or in a similar position, and you were paid a salary.

Do I Have a Qualifying State Law Claim?

You may be eligible to make a claim under state law if you worked over forty (40) hours per week for Anthem or any subsidiary in New York within the past six years as a Utilization Management Nurse, Utilization Review Nurse, Medical Management Nurse, or in a similar position, and you were paid a salary.

Additional Information

Is This a Class Action? What Does that Mean?

This case is both a potential collective action under federal law and a potential class action under New York state law. This means that, depending on the type of claim you have, there may be a slightly different process for joining and participating in this suit. See below for more details on this process.

Although the process and terminology may differ slightly, the idea behind both a class and collective action is the same: it allows one or more people to sue on behalf of themselves and other similarly situated people who have similar claims. To proceed as a group though, the Court must certify the class and/or collective. Because we are in the early stages of the case, this has not happened yet, but we intend to seek the company’s agreement or file the motions at the appropriate time asking the Court to grant these certifications.

How Do I Join This Case?

To join others in making a claim for overtime compensation under federal law, you must complete a Plaintiff Consent form. This form will be filed with the Court. To complete and submit the form electronically, click here.

What Time Frame Does This Case Cover?

There is a time limit under the federal law called a statute of limitations that allows an employee to recover unpaid wages for hours worked within two years of joining by filing a consent form. If we can prove Anthem willfully violated the law, the statute of limitations may be extended to three years. The time limit under New York state law is within six years of the complaint filing date.

Do I Have to Pay Anything?

No, you will not have to pay us anything out of your own pocket.  We are handling this case on a contingency basis. This means we will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief either through a settlement or an award, and that payment will only come out of that settlement or award. 

How Do I Prove I Worked Overtime?

If you have records relating to your work with Anthem, please keep them until we ask you for them. However, you do not need to have records of your work hours to make a claim. If Anthem did not keep accurate time records, most courts will permit you to make a “good faith” estimate of your work hours. We will seek any records the company has of your hours worked. Please ensure you do not destroy any documents or data you have that relate in any way to your work for Anthem.

What About Retaliation?

It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against a person for joining a lawsuit to reclaim unpaid wages. If you suffer retaliation, you may have additional claims. If you work for Anthem and you believe you may be the victim of retaliation for joining this lawsuit, contact the case clerk, Madeline Orozco, at (612) 256-3297 or morozco@nka.com.

How Long Will This Case Take?

The length of this kind of lawsuit varies from case to case, but they typically last one to three years.

Is There Money Available Now?

No. This is a pending lawsuit. There is no money currently available and there is no guarantee that you will receive money for joining the lawsuit.

How Can I Help?

If you know of any Medical Management Nurses, Utilization Management Nurses, Utilization Review Nurses, or nurses working in similar positions who may be interested in making a claim for unpaid overtime, please inform them that they should contact the case clerk, Madeline Orozco, at (612) 256-3297 or morozco@nka.com to determine whether they may be eligible to make a claim.

How Do I Learn More?

To learn more about this case feel free to contact the case clerk, Madeline Orozco, at (612) 256-3297 or morozco@nka.com.

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