Patient care workers allege Cornerstone Healthcare Group failed to pay for work during meal breaks

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jul 17, 2018

HOUSTON – Current and former direct patient care nurses for a medical facility operator allege that they were not paid for all hours worked.

HOUSTON – Current and former direct patient care nurses for a medical facility operator allege that they were not paid for all hours worked.

Raquel Haydel, Amber Benefield, Ruby Mooney, Casey Turner and Staci Knight, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on July 2 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against CHG Employee Holding LLC and Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding Inc. alleging that they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that they regularly worked more than 40 hours in a week for the defendants without receiving compensation for all hours worked. They allege the defendants failed to relieve them of their duties during meal periods but still deducted 30 minutes from their shift.  

The plaintiffs holds CHG Employee Holding LLC and Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly required to remain responsible for patient care throughout their shifts, including meal periods, without paying them for such times.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek overtime compensation for all unpaid hours worked, plus interest, attorney’s fees, costs and expenses and such other and further relief to which plaintiffs and the class members may be entitled. They are represented by Todd Slobin and Ricardo J. Prieto of Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP in Houston and Melinda Arbuckle of Baron & Budd PC in Dallas.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:18-cv-02266

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