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CareGroup, staffers settle pay lawsuit

Globe Staff / June 9, 2010

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and other CareGroup Inc. affiliates have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit against the hospital chain that alleges workers were not paid for working through lunch breaks or beyond their scheduled shifts. The settlement, if given court approval, will cover as many as 9,000 current and former CareGroup employees.

CareGroup Inc. and its affiliates — Beth Israel, Beth Israel Deaconess-Needham, Mount Auburn Hospital, and New England Baptist Hospital — will pay up to $8.5 million. The settlement will include payments to cover back wages. CareGroup and its affiliates deny any wrongdoing.

In a statement, CareGroup’s chief financial officer, John Szum, said, “The settlement reflects our commitment to put this litigation behind us as we focus on the delivery of quality healthcare for our patients.’’