Nurses file lawsuit against CHI Health for unfair wages

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A group of current and former nurses are suing a Lincoln hospital claiming they were not properly compensated for holiday and on-call hours that were worked, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The seven plaintiffs, who were all currently employed or employed in the last four years, name CHI St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln in the federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit states the workers did not receive minimum wage or overtime for the hours worked while they were on-call.

The lawsuit says each of the plaintiffs regularly responded to calls, texts, or emails during on-call shifts, but were not fairly compensated for those hours worked. Instead, it says they were paid an on-call hourly wage between $2.00 and $4.00 per hour.

“By paying the Plaintiffs and all other current or former employees who are similarly situated an hourly rate of between $2.00 to $4.00 per hour for on-call work performed, Defendant has violated the state and federal statutes noted herein.” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit was filed by Kathleen Neary and Vince Powers on behalf of the nurses.

To read the full lawsuit, click here.