ST. LOUIS — Medical transcriptionists are suing a hospital for alleged misclassification of employees in order to pay less compensation.
Mary Adcock, Cindy Baugh, Terry Blattner, Diana Crittendon, et al. filed a complaint June 20 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Barnes-Jewish Hospital alleging that the hospital violated the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA).
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that in August 2004, they were reclassified as independent contractors and were compensated at a flat rate per line for transcribing and editing medical records, resulting in a failure to compensate for the actual time worked and overtime for all time worked over 40 hours per workweek as required for nonexempt employees.
The plaintiffs hold Barnes-Jewish Hospital responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to compensate employees at a rate less than 1 1/2 times the regular rate for the time worked in excess of 40 hours per week and misclassified workers as independent contractors to avoid numerous additional costs, including adequate wage compensation.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in a sum that is fair and reasonable in excess of $25,000, an award of punitive damages, costs and such other relief the court deems just and proper. They are represented by Jonathan E. Fortman of Law Offices of Jonathan E. Fortman LLC in Florissant and W. Christopher McDonough of The McDonough Law Firm LLC in Chesterfield.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC01660