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192,000 Settlement in Lawsuit Seeking Pay for Uncompensated Work from Corizon

A $192,368 settlement was reached in a lawsuit alleging Corizon Health deducted meal break times from employee pay even when the employee worked through the break.

The lawsuit was filed as a class action on November 11, 2012. The lead plaintiff, Heather Sherman, worked for Corizon as a licensed practical nurse at Florida’s Lowell Correctional Institution.

The complaint alleged that Corizon deducted 30 minutes from each employee’s workday for meal breaks. The plaintiffs asserted Corizon exercised this practice without accurately recording the start and stop times of the meal breaks. It was further alleged that the meal break time was deducted “even when employees regularly had to work through meal time to perform their assigned duties.”

The complaint alleged violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Represented by Boca Raton, Florida attorneys Gregg I. Shavitz and Susan H. Stem, the class agreed to the settlement in October 2014. It provided for a gross amount of $49,958.55 for eight plaintiffs. Each plaintiff received a payment for overtime wages and equal amount for liquidated damages. The total amount varied from a low of $1,822.50 to a high of 9,042.70. Sherman received an extra $2,500 for being the lead plaintiff. The settlement provided for $130,442.28 in attorney fees. See: Sherman v. Corizon Health, USDC, M.D. Florida, Case No. 2:12-cv-00635

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