Thousand Oaks, CA – The Ventura County Star reports that Los Robles Regional Medical Center has been ordered to pay $2.95 million in a settlement approved Wednesday over a lawsuit, alleging the hospital:
- Short-changed workers hourly pay;
- Prevented them from taking lunch breaks; and
- Committed other labor code violations.
Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kevin DeNoce ruled in favor of a settlement in which about 3,000 current and former workers will split nearly $1.9 million with an average payment of $618.
The hospital will pay $973,500 to cover the workers’ legal fees. The hospital will pay $10,000 in state labor code penalties for alleged violations.
The settlement did not include an admission of any wrongdoing from the Thousand Oaks hospital that has faced previous allegations of similar violations.
In 2005, a federal judge approved a $4.75 million settlement for a lawsuit against Los Robles alleging more than 1,000 employees were owed money for missed breaks and overtime.
According to the website, Los Robles Regional Medical Center is a licensed 382-bed acute care facility, fully accredited by The Joint Commission.
It has the only Level II Trauma Center in Eastern Ventura County and the only Emergency room in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties with the EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) rating.
The facility, which had 1,720 employees in 2016, is owned by HCA−Hospital Corporation of America and operated by their HCA Far West Division.
Los Robles means “The Oaks” in Spanish, and the name refers to the thousands of oak trees in surrounding Thousand Oaks.