Below is the first part of an article Marc Primo Pulisci is reading by Kyla ASbury from leagalnewsline.com…
GALVESTON, Texas (Legal Newsline) – A Texas federal judge has approved class certification in a class action lawsuit against Methodist Hospital for allegedly making thousands of nurses work through unpaid meal periods.
District Judge Lee Rosenthal approved the class certification on Nov. 14 for a class of “nurses employed at Methodist’s Texas Medical Center, Willowbrook or San Jacinto locations at any time during November 13, 2011 to the present, who were subject to an automatic deduction of their meal-break times and who were either interrupted or were subject to interruptions during a substantial number of their meal breaks,” according to the judge’s memorandum and order.
Methodist Hospital has until Dec. 12 to provide Joy Corcione with the names, current and last known addresses, telephone numbers and employment dates of the class members. A status conference will be held on Dec. 16.
Corcione, a nurse at Methodist Hospital, sued the hospital under the Fair Labor Standards Act and alleged the hospital improperly denied her and other nurses pay for meal break during which they were not completely relieved of job duties and denied them overtime compensation as a result.
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