Baystate Health is facing a lawsuit from its nurses. The Baystate Visiting Nurse Association filed a class action suit Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court .
The VNA is looking to restore unpaid wages and overtime for hours over several years.
The association told CBS 3 Springfield the VNA nurses are routinely required to make preparations before their first homecare visits for the day and have to complete lengthy documentation of their visits. They said they're frequently not paid for that work which can sometimes take several hours per day.
"It is a basic principle that employers must pay employees for all the hours they have worked," said Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney representing the nurses. "These nurses work long hours caring for their patients, and then after hours they must complete lengthy paperwork. It is appalling that Baystate would think it can get away without paying them for this time."
Steven F. Bradley, vice president of Government and Community Relations and Public Affairs for Baystate Health, sent the following statement to CBS 3.
"The MNA-represented BVNAH nurses themselves record and submit all hours worked, regular and overtime, and are compensated for all hours they submit. We haven't received a single grievance about these issues at BVNAH over the past two years.
"We're disappointed but not surprised that the MNA and its California-based parent union National Nurses United are expanding their long-running corporate campaign against Baystate Health. Filing bogus lawsuits, grievances and complaints are standard attack tactics by the MNA and NNU in their corporate campaigns in Massachusetts and across the nation.
"We expect that these disruptive tactics will continue as the MNA and NNU intensify their efforts to discredit Baystate Health to further their self-serving agenda in Springfield, in Franklin County and in healthcare organizations across the state and country."
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