Judge grants class-action status to wage suit vs. Christus St. Vincent

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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 6:00 pm | Updated: 12:23 pm, Sat Mar 15, 2014.

A Santa Fe judge granted class-action status Thursday to current and former employees at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in a lawsuit that accuses the hospital of stealing wages from workers by denying their unpaid lunch breaks due to inadequate staffing.

“Basically, this is a time-theft case,” said Shane Youtz, the Albuquerque lawyer representing the plaintiffs. His clients claim they often worked through their scheduled 30-minute breaks, and they weren’t paid for that time.

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  • JuniperPollen posted at 10:21 pm on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    JuniperPollen Posts: 3

    Why didn't the state review historical staffing records during the time of the dispute? Having the state review a random day says NOTHING about an understaffed time when the incidents were reported. The STUPIDITY of all this is numbing....

  • Karen Petersen posted at 11:04 pm on Sat, Mar 15, 2014.

    kushka53 Posts: 4

    Great. so the plaintiffs win the suit and the hospital goes bankrupt--then what? This is a lose-lose situation

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 11:45 am on Sat, Mar 15, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 186

    Having been an inpatient some time ago wish I could report having a positive experience but didn't. And luckily had only a readily disagnosible TVI yet had to wait in the ER for hours until a bed could be found finally at 3;00am, had to eat diner ? out of a vending machine as was told the cafeteria was closed, the IV administered was put on the opposite side of my bed from the monitor thereby causing the alarm to go off every time I moved including all night long. The out of state nurses hired didn't know where the anti coagulant clinic and to which I was being referred, was ! It was across the parking lot ! And upon discharge someone from management had the nerve to come and ask was my in-hospital experience satisfactory !! Go Figure. The place is out of control and we deserve better and maybe this class action suit will help them wake up. We are people here and not just PROFITS !

  • Thomas O'Neill posted at 9:42 am on Sat, Mar 15, 2014.

    tomoneill Posts: 3

    How does this Hospital continue to get away with this kind of employee abuse? I hope they get what they deserve This time!

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 7:54 pm on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 419

    NM Dept. of Workforce Solutions needs to audit them. THAT would probably be plenty revealing.


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