Richardson v. Help at Home, LLC f/k/a Help at Home, Inc. et al, No. 1:17-cv-00060 (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois)

On January 4, 2017, we filed a Complaint against Help at Home, LLC f/k/a Help at Home, Inc. and Statewide Healthcare Services, LLC f/k/a Statewide Healthcare Services, Inc. and d/b/a Oxford Healthcare (“Help at Home”), in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging a violation of federal overtime law. The named plaintiff, a home health care worker, brings her claims individually and on behalf of similarly situated employees who worked for Help at Home within the past three years.

The Complaint alleges that Help at Home violated the law by failing to pay its home care workers the required 1.5 times the regular rate of pay for overtime hours that they worked. The case was filed as a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action which seeks unpaid overtime wages plus liquidated (double) damages.

The case was filed as a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action in the Northern District of Illinois and seeks unpaid overtime wages plus liquidated (double) damages.  Cohen Milstein has partnered with Alexander M. Baggio and Rachhana T. Srey of the law firm Nichols Kaster, PLLP (http://www.nka.com/) in Minneapolis, MN in this matter.

The federal statute of limitations in cases such as this allows plaintiffs to recover unpaid wages for hours worked within two years of signing up for the lawsuit; three years if it can be proven that the company willfully violated the law.

To be eligible to make a claim in this lawsuit, you must be an hourly home health care worker employed by Help at Home who has worked overtime (more than 40 hours per work week) at any time from January 4, 2014 to the present.

If you are interested in joining this lawsuit, please complete an online consent form here.  If you have any questions please call 202-408-4600.

No home health care worker will be required to pay to participate in this lawsuit. The case will be handled on a contingency basis, whereby attorney’s fees will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief through a settlement, final judgment, or award.

It is important to note that it is against the law for a company to retaliate against an employee or former employee for joining a lawsuit for unpaid wages. If you suffer retaliation, you may be able to assert additional claims.