Donald F. Fontaine : Attorney at Law

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Portland, ME 04101 

Class Action Filed Against Getchell Agency

Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 12:52 am

Our office has recently filed a class action suit against Getchell Agency, Inc, on behalf of  two former employees of the Bangor business, which provides residential and support services to people with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. These dedicated caregivers were forced to sleep on couches in the living room, on the floor, and in rooms together with co-workers of the opposite sex.  They often had to give care to their needy charges for hours in the middle of the night without any compensation.

According to an investigation conducted this Spring by the Wage and Hour division of the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 100 employees were deprived of in excess of $500,000 in back wages and did not have private sleeping quarters. Although employees were on duty 24 hours a day, they were only paid for 16 hours.

The rules are clear: all hours that people work must be paid, even overnight hours, unless a private bedroom is provided and the workers agree to what nighttime hours do not need to be paid.

See the recent write-up about the case in the Bangor Daily News.

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