Care workers in the Carolinas are being targeted for retaliation and wage theft by employers who don’t want to pay them the wages they’re owed for caring for sick and dying patients.
In the first round of a new lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, CARE Workers are asking a federal judge to order the U.K. government to stop the retaliation.
The workers have accused Care Health Workers, a care worker training program, of not paying them the overtime they were promised and instead demanding that they work more hours to get paid.
Care Workers have accused the U to pay more than $100,000 in back wages and lost wages in South Carolinas in the first quarter of this year.
The lawsuit also alleges that the company retaliated against Care Workers by threatening to lay off or fire them if they didn’t do their jobs.
“Care workers in Georgia, New York, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana have been harassed and fired for not making the required overtime payments,” the complaint reads.
In a statement to Business Insider, a Care Health Worker told Business Insider that the U, which is the parent company of Care Health Workforce, has paid out more than 200,000 hours of overtime in the last six years.
They said that care workers “are expected to work overtime to support their families, and are not paid overtime when they do not perform their jobs effectively,” adding that they “need to work more to make up for what they have lost due to the lack of pay.”
CARE Workers is one of several lawsuits seeking the same remedy.
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Caring for the sick and elderly has long been a concern for U.s. policymakers.
But there are growing concerns about how care workers are being treated and, if paid, how they’re being paid.
The U. S. has long taken steps to pay caregivers, and pay for them adequately, in the form of healthcare.
But the U S. is now on the verge of cutting back on these payments, with many states taking action to end them altogether.