Speaking Engagement

Healthcare Employers Targeted in Wage and Hour Class Actions



Audio Recording

The webinar was recorded and is available to clients and friends of the firm. To request the recording, please contact events@seyfarth.com

Over the past several years, class and collective actions alleging wage and hour violations against healthcare employers have increased dramatically. Plaintiffs' class action law firms have aggressively targeted health care employers in multiple jurisdictions within a state, and across the country. These firms are filing suits in both state and federal court against large metropolitan healthcare systems and the hospitals and executives within those systems. They allege not only statutory wage violations but also racketeering, benefits violations, and common law claims. Long before filing suit, these firms aggressively recruit potential class plaintiffs through electronic, direct mail and telephonic solicitations to healthcare employees in workplaces just like yours. Many health care employers are not fully aware of this troubling trend, and its potential risks and costs.

On December 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. ET Seyfarth Shaw conducted a webinar to discuss issues that hospitals and healthcare systems face in the wage and hour area.

  • Wage and hour challenges that are unique to hospital and healthcare system employers
  • The issues targeted in recent wage and hour litigation class and collective actions against healthcare employers
  • Best practices for wage and hour compliance

The panel included attorneys from Seyfarth's East Coast, Chicago, and California offices who have deep experience representing healthcare employers, including in wage and hour class and collective actions. The Honorable Victoria A. Lipnic, formerly the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards and currently President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as a Commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), joined our panel along with Richard Alfred, Ed Bergmann, Kristin McGurn, and Andrew Paley. Joan Gale and Deborah Gordon from the firm's Healthcare Practice will moderate the webinar.