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Trinity Health Corporation: New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Health Ministries

This class/collective action lawsuit was started in June 2018 and is going forward in the United States District Court in Philadelphia, PA. The lawsuit seeks unpaid overtime wages allegedly owed to certain employees at Trinity Health Corporation’s Regional Health Ministries in New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Pennsylvania. Trinity Heath Corporation ("Trinity") is headquartered in Michigan and owns hospitals and health care systems throughout the United States. Many of Trinity's hospitals and health systems are organized into Regional Health Ministries ("RHMs"). This lawsuit covers the following RHMs: Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Our Lady of Lourdes Health Care Services; Saint Mary Medical Center (Langhorne, PA); Saint Francis Medical Center (Trenton, NJ); and Saint Francis Hospital (Wilmington, DE). The lawsuit covers the time period between June 6, 2015 and July 1, 2017.

Under the law, most employees are entitled to extra overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per week. This lawsuit challenges the way Trinity and the RHMs paid overtime to employees who worked at two or more RHMs during the same 7-day workweek. The employees allege that overtime should have been paid based on the total combined number of hours worked at all RHMs during each week. For example, if, during a 7-day week, an employee worked 36 hours at one RHM and 8 hours at another RHM, she would be entitled to 4 hours of overtime pay because she worked 44 total combined hours during the week.

Trinity and the RHMs did not combine the employees' work hours in the manner described above. Instead, in defending against the lawsuit, Trinity and the RHMs assert that each RHM separately employed each employee. Thus, according to Trinity, an employee’s hours worked at different RHMs during a single week should not be combined in determining overtime pay. For example, according to Trinity, if, during a 7-day week, an employee worked 36 hours at one RHM and 8 hours at another RHM, she would be entitled to no overtime pay because she never worked over 40 hours at a single RHM.

This lawsuit is in its early stages, and the Judge has not decided who will win. Please do not hesitate to call us at (215) 884-2491 if you wish to learn more about the lawsuit or have questions about your eligibility to join the lawsuit.

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Case Updates

Jun 6, 2018

Today, our law firm started this lawsuit by filing a complaint in the United States District Court in Philadelphia, PA. A copy of the complaint is available below.

Aug 17, 2018

Today, the three defendants in the lawsuit -- Trinity Health Corporation, Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Our Lady of Lourdes Health Care Services, Inc. -- filed with the court a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that the lawsuit lacks merit. A copy of the defendants' motion papers is available below.

Aug 31, 2018

Today, our law firm filed with the court a legal brief opposing defendant's motion to dismiss. A copy of our opposition brief is available below.

Nov 16, 2018

We are very pleased to report that, today, the Judge issued and an order denying the defendants' motion to dismiss and allowing the lawsuit to proceed. In addition, the Judge approved a "stipulation" that will enable employees covered by the lawsuit's federal overtime rights claim to receive a notice informing them of the lawsuit and explaining how they can join. Copies of today's orders are available below.

Dec 7, 2018

Today, our law firm mailed to 108 current/former Trinity RHM employees a Notice Form explaining the lawsuit and a Consent Form that the employee can sign and return to join the lawsuit. To be valid, the Consent Form must be postmarked on or before January 21, 2018. Please call us immediately at (215) 884-2491 if you believe you should have received these forms or have any questions about you eligibility to join the lawsuit.

Jan 31, 2019

We are very pleased that a total of 15 individuals have joined this lawsuit. We look forward to representing these hard-working clients going forward.

May 31, 2019

We are happy to announce that today Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice granted our motion for preliminary approval of the class and collective action settlement of this case. The Court ordered that notice of the settlement be sent to members of the class and scheduled a final approval hearing for October 23, 2019. You can access a copy of the Court’s order below.

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