U.S. Supreme Court to hear nurse’s case on unpaid meal breaks

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According to Modern Healthcare, a healthcare employment case brought about in 2009 by a registered nurse will go before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Registered nurse Laura Symczyk, who claimed that her employer Pennypack Center (a Philadelphia subsidiary of Genesis HealthCare Corp.) violated the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 by deducting meal breaks from her paycheck, regardless of whether she actually took those breaks.

What’s interesting to note here is that when the case was originally filed on her behalf, as well as other employees who may have felt similarly affected — no one else joined the suit. Symczyk, the lone plaintiff in the case, settled out of court. However, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia declined to dismiss the case, which led to Monday’s announcement.

What’s going on here? Why do you think other nurses didn’t join in on the suit? Have you ever heard of pay deductions for a nurse’s meal breaks?

Source: Modern Healthcare

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