Veteran Affairs Nurses to Receive $160 Million from Overtime Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
A federal judge has granted a $160 million settlement regarding a class action lawsuit filed by nurses employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who say they were required to work overtime without receiving enough compensation.
Worth the Wait For Stephanie M., et al. v. The United States of America
Judge Elaine D. Kaplan states that the VA Nurses Overtime Settlement is one of the highest ever agreed in an overtime dispute involving federal employees.
According to court records, the VA nurses claimed they were required to work off-the-clock in the VA’s Computerized Patient Record System, or CPRS.
As per a news release, over 3,200 Class Members were required to work overtime updating records of patients and monitoring as well as responding to patient-related notices in the CPRS but were not compensated for their time.
According to the Court’s settlement approval order, the case was filed in December 2012 and entered settlement discussions eight years afterward, in December 2020.
The United States government will provide $160 million to address the plaintiffs’ claims and cover attorneys’ fees and other costs under the conditions of the VA Nurses Overtime Settlement agreement.
What the Plaintiffs will Receive
Individual plaintiffs will be compensated based on their weekly hours worked in excess of 40 during the Class Period multiplied by the applicable overtime pay rate.
A Class Member will get a minimum payment of $250. Federal tax withholdings will apply to the payments.
If no appeals are filed in response to the final approval decision, Class Counsel anticipates that VA Nurses Overtime Settlement payments will start within 45 days.
Each claimant will receive two checks: back pay and interest.
The opt-in deadline for the case was January 15, 2019.
Editor’s Note on VA Nurses Overtime Settlement:
This article is written to inform you of the approval of the class action lawsuit settlement between the USA and VA nurses over allegedly requiring the nurses to work overtime without compensation. A similar lawsuit was also filed against Urban Outfitters Terrain Servers & Bartenders.
Case Name & No.: Stephanie M., et al. v. The United States of America, Case No. 1:12-CV-00920
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Allegations: VA nurses were allegedly required to work overtime without compensation
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