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UI hospital workers ask judge to end wage dispute case and rule in their favor


Cedar Rapids Gazette: Arguing that no one disputes how University of Iowa Health Care for years paid employees for overtime and for working extra shifts in a way that led to delays in pay, the thousands of past and present workers suing over the practice are asking a federal judge to end further proceedings and issue a summary judgment in their favor. “There can be no dispute that the board’s pay practices for UIHC employees, by design, pay overtime, shift differential, and termination pay later than is permitted by the [Iowa Wage Payment Collection Law] and deprives over 10,000 UIHC workers their duly earned wages for weeks or months at a time,” according to the request on behalf of thousands of clients included in the 2019 lawsuit. Even though UIHC eventually paid employees their due, the motion asks a judge to force the Iowa Board of Regents to also pay affected workers “liquidated damages” for every dollar that came late — essentially doubling UIHC’s cost of the delayed wages as a penalty.

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