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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