Albany Med Health System Sued Over Alleged Unpaid Work During Meal Breaks

A medical assistant's lawsuit against Albany Med Health System can proceed, alleging unpaid work during 30-minute meal breaks when employees were required to remain on call. The court dismissed claims related to off-the-clock work and time rounding policies due to lack of detail.

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Albany Med Health System Sued Over Alleged Unpaid Work During Meal Breaks

Albany Med Health System Sued Over Alleged Unpaid Work During Meal Breaks

A medical assistant has been granted permission to pursue a class and collective action lawsuit against Albany Med Health System, alleging that the health system deducted 30-minute meal breaks from employees' pay despite requiring them to remain on call. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of New York, claims that this practice resulted in unpaid work for employees.

Why this matters: This lawsuit has significant implications for the fair compensation of healthcare workers, a critical issue in the industry. A favorable ruling for the plaintiffs could set a precedent for how healthcare providers handle on-call time during meal breaks, potentially affecting thousands of workers nationwide.

The court ruled that the medical assistant "plausibly alleged" that Albany Med Health System deducted meal breaks from employees' pay while requiring them to remain on call. This decision allows the lawsuit to proceed with the meal break deduction allegations. However, the court dismissed the medical assistant's claims related to off-the-clock work and time rounding policies, citing a lack of detail and factual support.

Albany Med Health System is a major healthcare provider in the Capital Region of New York, operating Albany Medical Center Hospital, Columbia Memorial Health, Glens Falls Hospital, and Saratoga Hospital. The health system employs over 17,000 people across its various facilities and serves a population of more than 3 million in 25 counties.

The lawsuit against Albany Med Health System highlights the ongoing issue of fair compensation for healthcare workers, particularly during designated meal breaks. As the case progresses, it may set a precedent for how health systems handle on-call time during employee meal periods. The outcome of this lawsuit could have significant implications forhealthcare workersacross the country who face similar situations in their workplaces.