Wage Hour Class Actions Challenge Quest Diagnostics

May 1, 2018

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Mobile medical examiners for Quest Diagnostics were granted conditional certification of a nationwide collective action challenging the pay practices of the medical testing company. Finding that the affidavits of the medical examiners detailed similar experiences of being paid only per-appointment, but that they were required to perform considerable work to prepare for and close-out those appointments, a federal district court in New York concluded that the putative collective members sufficiently alleged they were victims of a common policy ( Vecchio v. Quest Diagnostics Inc., April 30, 2018, Ramos, E.). Counsel for the plaintiff, observed that this ruling is significant because it allows medical examiners across the country—including both independent contractors and employees—to band together to challenge Quest's employment practices.

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