Court Approves Class Action Settlement Reached by Nichols Kaster, PLLP for Home Health Aides

On February 14, 2018, the Honorable Magistrate Judge Katherine Menendez approved a settlement on behalf of home health aides who worked for a Minnesota company, All Temporaries, Inc., d/b/a All HomeCaring and At Home with Care, Inc.  The settlement of $665,000 compensates home health aides for over 99% of their unpaid overtime wages, which the Court stated was a sizeable recovery.  In approving the fairness of the settlement, Judge Menendez recognized Class Counsel Nichols Kaster, PLLP and Bohrer Brady, LLC for their "considerable experience in litigating wage and hour class and collective actions."

Plaintiff Carmen Allen filed the lawsuit On December 30, 2016, alleging that she, and others similarly situated, were entitled to time-and-a-half for their overtime hours worked, rather than the straight time payments they received.  Ms. Allen worked as a Personal Care Attendant where she provided companionship and related in-home health care services for the elderly, ill, and disabled.

Class Counsel Michele Fisher of Nichols Kaster, PLLP stated, "Home health aides perform an important job of attending to the most vulnerable members of society who often have no one to care for them.  They work extremely hard and should be compensated correctly for the overtime hours they work.  We are happy with the recovery we were able to obtain for them and with the cooperation of the company in fairly resolving this matter."

The case is entitled Allen v. All Temporaries, Inc., D/B/A All HomeCaring and At Home With Care, Inc., Civ. No.: 16-cv-04409-KMM (D. Minn.).