Drivers for a D.C.-area Medicaid contractor filed a federal lawsuit seeking class action status to proceed against an employer for failing to pay minimum wage and overtime.
The employer, a private medical transportation organization, works with subcontractors to carry out its contract with D.C. to provide non-emergency medical transportation for Medicaid patients. However, the employer is responsible for making sure all workers are paid in accordance with federal and local wage and hour laws.
The lawsuit contains allegations that drivers regularly worked more than 60 hours per week in shifts from 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., six days a week, without rest or lunch breaks. Workers allegedly received salaries of $325 to $475 per week—around $3.61 per hour—amounts well below D.C. and federal minimum wage requirements.
The lawsuit further alleges that the employer did not pay legally mandated overtime and failed to act when drivers raised wage and hour concerns. In fact, the employer terminated one driver who repeatedly requested to be paid for all hours worked. "D.C. Medicaid Contractor Accused of Paying Employees as Little as $3.61/Hour in Federal Suit Filed by Cohen Milstein and Public Citizen," www.businesswire.com (Jul. 13, 2017).