Nurses win $2.9 mil

— Yakima Regional Home Health, hospice nurses have claimed a major victory after a Yakima County Superior Court judge awarded damages of $2,895 million to home care nurses.

Judge Blaine Gibson found that the Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center had forces nurses to work substantial hours off the clock.

The ruling came down Feb. 14, after more than three years of investigation into the lawsuit.

The court ruled that because Yakima Regional’s state wage law violations were knowing and intentional, the nurses should be awarded twice the amount of back pay that they denied.

Judge Gibson said there was “overwhelming evidence” proving that Yakima HMA , LLC, , known as Yakima Regional, had broken the laws when it forced its home care nurses to work over the clock.

The evidence presented by the Washington State Nurses Association showed that managers routinely paid nurses for eight hours of work a day, knowing the nurses were regularly working additional hours to give patients care.

The period of time was from April 21, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2017.


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