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Lawsuit Investigation: Unpaid Overtime for Travel Nurses

CASE STATUS: Under Investigation

Berger Montague is investigating potential class action lawsuits on behalf of travel nurses who experienced unfair and illegal wage practices.

What is a travel nurse?

A travel nurse is a registered nurse (“RN”) who is hired to work in a specific location for a certain time period. Because RNs are in such high demand, some places experience nursing shortages. Traveling nurses are hired to go and work in these areas-assignments typically last for 13 to 26 weeks.

What kinds of wage violations are travel nurses experiencing?

Some of the unfair and illegal wage practices that traveling nurses encounter include:

  • No overtime pay when working more than 40 hours per week
  • No uninterrupted meal and rest breaks, as required by state laws
  • No pay for work done “off the clock”
  • No pay for traveling to training courses
  • No pay for time spent taking training courses
  • Having their requests for overtime approval turned down even though they already worked the extra hours
  • Not receiving their wages after being fired or resigning

Why aren’t traveling nurses being paid correctly?

One of the main reasons travel nurses aren’t being paid fairly is because of lengthy shift handoffs. In nursing, a handoff is when a RN who is ending her shift provides the RN who is beginning her shift with important information about the patients they’ll be treating. While there is usually a 30 minute overlap between shifts to accommodate handoffs, some handoffs take much longer than 30 minutes.

Additionally, nurses might not be able to begin the handoff process right away, which causes the nurse whose shift is ending to work “off the clock” for an even longer period of time. All of this can leave RNs with hours of unpaid time.

If you are a current or former traveling nurse who experienced unfair or illegal wage practices, contact Berger Montague. You may be able to file a class action lawsuit.

Previous travel nurse unpaid wages lawsuits

Several travel nurse unpaid wages class action lawsuits have been filed in recent years.

  • Kaiser Permanente and AMN: In May 2013, Kaiser Permanente International and AMN Healthcare Services Inc. were faced with a wage-and-hour class action alleging the health care corporations made travel nurses work through their lunch breaks, put in unpaid overtime, and always keep their schedules open in case they were called in to work.
  • Maxim Healthcare: In August 2014, Maxim Healthcare Services Inc. was faced with a class action alleging the health care staffing company denied hundreds of travel nurses overtime pay.

Do I have to pay to consult with an attorney?

We are happy to talk with you about your potential claims free of charge. If we decide to represent you in a lawsuit, we will enter into a written contingent fee agreement with you. A contingent fee agreement means we only get paid if we win, and that we will receive our fees from the amount paid by the Defendant in the case.

Please contact us to discuss the details of your case. You may:

  1. Use the contact form on this page
  2. Email
  3. Call (800) 424-6690

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