Many Nurses Choose to Wait Until They’ve Left an Employer to Make a Wage Claim

Galvin B. Kennedy
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Galvin Kennedy is a founding partner of Kennedy Hodges. He focuses his practice to overtime and wage claims.
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Whether you left your employer specifically because you’d finally had it with the pay abuses you’ve suffered or left for an unrelated reason, you may be thinking about the legal action you can take to right the wrong of a former employer. If so, you’re not alone. Many nurses end up waiting until they’ve left an employer to look into their options for recovering back pay from overtime abuses and illegal pay practices.

Multiple Fears Sometimes Make it Easier for Nurses to File a Claim After They’ve Walked Away

Nurses and other healthcare workers often face a lot of pressure to put in overtime hours for free, even though it is against the law. While these workers have the right to force their employers to follow state and federal labor laws, fear often keeps them from bringing up concerns while they remain with their employer. These fears might include concerns about:

  • What coworkers or patients might think if word gets out about your wage claim
  • How employers might react to allegations of wage abuses
  • Job stability after bringing up wage or overtime complaints

Fortunately, nurses can pursue wage claims after leaving an employer—with a little legal help from an experienced attorney.

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