Kindred Healthcare Inc. will pay $16.5 million to settle claims by hospital workers in a class action lawsuit. The workers said that the hospital giant violated state labor laws by not paying for late hospital shifts and missed meal breaks. The proposed settlement, which has been submitted for a California judge’s approval, would end two class actions that are being handled together. Kindred was accused of forcing employees to waive certain meal breaks as a condition of employment and not following state waiting time pay rules, among other claims. U.S District Judge Dean Pregerson granted certification in March 2013 to five subclasses of workers, ruling they met the standards to proceed collectively on most of their claims, including the allegation that Kindred unfairly evaded paying overtime to employees with schedules.
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