A former employee of Human Touch Home Health Care Agency, Inc. ("Human Touch") filed a lawsuit on June 29, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado alleging violations of federal and state overtime laws. The named plaintiff, a home health care worker, brings her claims individually and on behalf of similarly situated employees who worked for Human Touch within the past three years.
Human Touch is a Colorado company that provides home health care services such as nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, and assistive care services, to adults and seniors. Human Touch has offices in Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo, Grand Junction, and Montrose, Colorado.
The Complaint alleges that Human Touch failed to pay its home health care workers, which includes licensed and registered nurses, CNAs, HHAs, medical social workers, and others, the legally required overtime premium, which is one and one-half (1.5) times their regular hourly rates, for all overtime hours worked. Instead, the Complaint alleges that Human Touch shorted the home health care workers lawful pay by paying them only their hourly "straight time" rate for their overtime hours worked.
The case was filed as a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action and as a class action under Colorado state law on behalf of home health care workers. The named plaintiff seeks unpaid overtime wages and liquidated damages.
Plaintiff's attorney Rachhana T. Srey explained, "Home health care workers, like those in this case routinely work ridiculously long hours, but they have been neglected by the overtime protections for years. This has to change. These are hard-working people who deserve to be paid properly under the law."
Plaintiffs are represented by Rachhana T. Srey from Nichols Kaster, PLLP, which has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco, California. The case is entitled, Stephenson-Neal v. Human Touch Home Health Care Agency, Inc. Case No.: 1:16-CV-01668 (District of Colorado).
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