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Federal class action suit filed against Nationwide Children's Hospital

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A phlebotomist is accusing Nationwide Children’s Hospital of violating state and federal labor laws in a class action lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court.

Bri’Ana Williams, who has worked there since January, filed the suit on behalf of herself and other employees demanding unpaid wages. The lawsuit claims employees were not paid during scheduled meal breaks but often had to work during them.

The suit claims the breaks, usually 30 minutes long, were automatically deducted from their hours, regardless of whether or not they were able to take them.

Williams claims the hospital failed to pay proper overtime compensation and violated the Fair Labor Standards Act over the last three years

The hospital’s media relation team said they cannot comment on ongoing litigation and declined to provide a comment.

The case was filed on Sept. 28 in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio in Columbus. It hasn't yet been assigned to a judge and the hospital has not yet responded to the complaint.

Renee Fox is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News.