California nursing home facing overtime, retaliation lawsuit

A nursing home in California is being taken to court by workers who allege multiple time and attendance violations committed by the facility, according to McKnight's, a website dedicated to coverage of the assisted living and long-term care industries.

The suit alleges the company made employees perform work duties off the clock, failed to properly compensate for overtime, falsified timecards and even retaliated against an employee who willfully cooperated with a two-year investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor.

According to the Ventura County Star, the nursing home administrator is accused of firing an employee for giving specific details about the facility's practices.

"She was terminated because the employer believed she cooperated with us in our investigation and she spoke with investigators about wage violations," Kimchi Bui, district director of the labor department's wage and hour division told the Ventura County Star.

Both the time and attendance allegations and the subsequent retaliation are all violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The suit calls for the reinstatement of the fired employee, as well as back pay and other monetary damages.

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