Class-wide Judgment in Home Care Worker FCRA and FLSA Litigation
On January 16, 2018, Judge Manuel L. Real of the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted final approval to a class-wide offer of judgment obtained by Stueve Siegel Hanson attorneys on behalf of a certified class of Premier Healthcare Services, LLC’s (“Premier Healthcare”) home care workers. The judgment – which provided $101 to each member of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) class – compensated home care workers who were subject to Premier Healthcare’s willful violations of the FCRA’s background check requirements.
In addition, on August 7, 2017, Stueve Siegel Hanson attorneys obtained approval of a collective-wide offer of judgment for home care workers who had not been paid overtime premiums as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The judgment provided the full overtime premium to each home care worker.
Plaintiffs had previously obtained class certification of the FCRA claim and conditional collective certification of the FLSA claim. At the resolution of the case, Stueve Siegel Hanson obtained judgment on and collected on behalf of their clients over $630,000 in FCRA damages, FLSA damages, California Labor Code damages, and statutory attorneys’ fees and costs.
Stueve Siegel Hanson attorneys George Hanson and Alex Ricke were appointed class counsel and litigated the case from the filing of the initial complaint in state court through final approval and distribution of the judgment funds in federal court.