We also filed a case for corrections nurses. They have to do the same pre and post shift work that corrections officers have to and do not get paid.
The case is not against the State, but against a private employer – Corizon. It is an FLSA claim and we will seek class certification as Corrections Nurses are treated similarly.
Here’s a quote from the article:
Nurses who work in Missouri’s prison system say they too are owed potentially millions of dollars in back pay, according to a lawsuit filed Friday.
In a 20-page suit filed in federal court, a trio of nurses who work for a contractor at the state’s lockup in Licking alleged they have not been paid for work they do once they arrive at the prison.
The lawsuit seeks class-action status covering all current and former nurses in the sprawling Missouri Department of Corrections facilities.
The case mirrors one in which a Cole County jury found that 13,000 current and former correctional officers were owed $113.7 million because the state wasn’t paying them when they entered a prison’s security envelope, even though they were expected to respond to incidents once inside.
The bill for that case has grown by at least $12 million while the state appeals.
Unlike the case brought by the guards, the nurses are suing a private company that has been contracted out by the state to provide health care for inmates.
Corizon, which has similar contracts across the country, has been paid more than $1.1 billion by the state since 2012.