A new class-action lawsuit, led by a Lancaster city man, alleges that a state contractor is deliberately underpaying overtime earned by 22,000 home-care workers.
Filed Thursday in Philadelphia federal court, the lawsuit claims that PCG Public Partnerships for years has short-changed the employees, who assist the elderly and disabled.
The lead plaintiff is Ralph Talarico, 59, of Second Street. The lawsuit does not estimate the overtime sum that allegedly is owed to Talarico, who earns $11 an hour.
The grandfather routinely works 60 hours a week caring for one client, six hours caring for a second client, and is “on call” to cover gaps in care or emergencies involving two more clients, according to the lawsuit.
Home-care workers provide companionship, feeding, bathing, transportation, light housework, help taking medication and assist with other functions.
Talarico was among the state Department of Public Welfare employees who became Public Partnerships employees in January 2013, when the state spun off that home-care function to the Boston-based company.
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