Thursday, September 24, 2015

"Years Of Unpaid Lunches and Breaks at Heart of Wheaton Franciscan Complaints"

From Racine County Eye:

By Denise Lockwood in Breaking, Community · September 24, 2015

"Employees at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital-All Saints have filed complaints with the state and received back pay from Wheaton over discrepancies with their paychecks that had occurred — in some cases — for two years.

"Four employees from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints have filed complaints with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for not being paid for lunches that they worked. The company also took pay out for breaks, but the workers did not take them. A payroll person from Wheaton Franciscan allegedly told the employees that their time cards were 'manipulated' by managers, according to records obtained through an open records request from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

"The employees — Tina Tyler, Laurel Ostergaard, Tria Braun, and Melissa Jozefowski — worked at the St. Luke’s campus on Wisconsin Avenue. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints paid Tyler, Ostergaard, and Braun for back pay, according to the complaint file.

"Jozefowski filed her complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce earlier this month, and Wheaton responded to her complaint Tuesday, said Anne Ballentine, vice president of communications and public relations.

"'Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare has diligently investigated and worked to resolve the claims,' Ballentine said.

"Racine County Eye also learned that a fifth person, who wished not to be named, also received back pay for working through lunches and breaks. That employee’s check was marked, 'settlement.'

"Ballentine would not comment any further on the matter. Calls made to Tyler, Ostergaard, Braun and Jozefowski were not returned."

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lizardmom said...

I know how lousy our Wheaton treats us here, sadly not surprised they they treat their own staff that way, so sad and disgusting!

kkdither said...

Happens all the time at many large businesses. Hourly workers (traditionally the lowest paid people) have to watch their checks like hawks. With all the proposed, and soon to be passed legislation, and negative or non-fully disclosed press about unions, workers will have less and less voice to complain about such issues. Don't like it? Pay for your own lawyer as the little guy you are (while the company has the funds to pay for the best) or quit, will be the mentality. Unions were formed for safety issues and fairness to workers on the job. Now they are being blamed for the wrecked economy. I just can't understand it.