Compass Health $1.1 million class action settlement
March 18, 2014
Grover Beach based Compass Health agreed to pay a $1.1 million settlement in a class action lawsuit for multiple violations of California’s labor code, according to a March 5 agreement.
In the suit filed last year by San Luis Obispo based attorney Hernaldo Baltodano, several former employees claim Compass Health failed to pay overtime and failed to provide required breaks for meals and rest. Because of staffing issues, the employees said that patients were sometimes neglected and did not always receive prescribed medications.
All current and former hourly workers who were employed from March 29, 2009 to Jan. 6, 2014, are required to file a claim before April 22 to receive their share of the settlement, according to the agreement.
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted preliminary approval for the settlement on March 5. At a hearing scheduled for May 12, the court will decide whether to grant final approval.
Compass Health is one of the largest health care providers on the Central Coast. Its holdings include seven skilled nursing facilities – Arroyo Grande Care Center, Bayside Care Center, Danish Care Center, Central Coast Nursing Center, Mission View Health Center, San Luis Transitional Care and Vineyard Hills Health Center as well as two assisted living facilities – Casa de Flores and Wyndham Residence.
Compass Health has denied any wrongdoing.