Workers Alleged UHS Automatically Deducted for Meal Breaks Even Though Workers Did Not Take Breaks; UHS Agrees to Pay $215,000 to Settle Claims

Plaintiffs alleged that, from April 2007 to January 2010, UHS regularly deducted ‘meal breaks’ from employee paychecks even though workers were often required to perform work during these ‘meal breaks.’ Under the UHS policy, Plaintiffs alleged that the electronic timekeeping system automatically deducted a 30-minute meal period per work shift, regardless of whether the worker actually did not work during this period. UHS agreed to pay a total of $215,000 to settle these claims on July 14, 2011. The court approved the settlement on August 31, 2011.