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Home-care workers with wage claims say elderly patients abused

Employees of all kinds deserve fair wages for their work. Though most employers are happy to properly compensate their workers, there are many who fail to do so. Interestingly, some employees who make a wage claim for inadequate pay also report that their employer mistreats clients of the business. This can be seen in the recent case here in California where a home-care business accused of failing to properly pay its employees has also come under fire for neglecting elderly residents.

Advocates for the workers and employees looked at the licensing records of several places that offer housing and care to the elderly. They found that several of these businesses stole money from workers, violated labor laws and abused residents. One operator stands accused of not paying over $221,000 to his employees. Workers say an elderly woman with dementia living at the facility had rat bites and bedsores, and that her injuries were entirely preventable.

California has the highest number of licensed senior care homes in the country. Over the past 10 years, federal reports say that there were over 500 cases of operators failing to properly pay employees or keep lawful records, and a fifth of those cases involved citations for conditions that put residents in danger. Many employees report not just underpayment but that they were fired for voicing any complaints. The governor has appointed two state agencies to find a way to stop the problem.

This issue is a large one and will have a significant effect on the lives of many here in California. However, there will still be other industries where employers feel emboldened to underpay workers. Any employees who want to pursue legal action in regard to wage claims may want to enlist the advice and guidance of an attorney who has a thorough knowledge of employment law.

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