Monday, April 16, 2007

Overtime for home health care workers--a victory

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the case of Ms. Evelyn Coke, a retired home health care worker who was suing her employer for back overtime wages.

She won.

The 2nd circuit court of appeals ruled that exempting workers like Coke is inconsistent with other Labor department rules and Congressional intent in writing the overtime law.

One thing that I learned that from the NYT update is that when the overtime law was written, it passed with the support of racist segregationists who excluded agricultural and domestic employees. I've always wondered what was the basis for those exclusions in the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.

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