Emeritus Senior Living has agreed to a $2.2 million settlement regarding compensation claims by some of the company’s California employees.
In a lawsuit first brought in 2011 by one of the company’s California hourly workers, employees claimed Emeritus had not paid fair wages and also had not provided state-mandated meal and rest allowances.
Emeritus has rejected the claims in the lawsuit, Castro et al v. Emeritus Corporation, publicly, despite settling the case, according to a report from ProPublica.
“At Emeritus, we strive to be the employer of choice,” the company said in a statement to ProPublica. “We are competing to hire the very best staff that we can, and we are committed to our community teams. We work to be competitive in terms of total compensation within our industry, and we conduct wage analyses in markets in an effort to stay at or in line with the competition.”
The settlement is pending approval from a California judge, but once approved, will compensate workers ranging from those who administered medication to workers to those who helped with activities of daily living, as well as other hourly staff.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker