Can an employer threaten or intimidate you for refusing overtime?
On paper that should absolutely not be the case, however, nurses in Ohio are living out the opposite. According to Ohio Nurses Association (ONA), nurses are routinely threatened by their employers if they turn down any overtime hours. Not only are nurses threatened, they are guilted into taking the overtime with threats of patient abandonment charges which is an infraction that leaves them vulnerable to medical malpractice lawsuits or forfeiting their license. However, Ohio nurses no longer want to live under this fear and on May 24, 2017, a large number of nurses joined together in protest of this widespread use of mandatory overtime in the state. A multitude of professional caregivers gathered in the atrium of Buckeye State’s Columbus statehouse, all in unison demanding legal changes be made that would provide nurses a greater voice in staffing assignments.
The nurses have every right to fight over this mandatory overtime because if they don’t it will only get worse. As it stands many nurses work shifts that are 12.5 hours or more. This is not only exhausting but, dangerous because it increases the risk of medical errors by 300%. Below is an infographic that explains the exact stats and risks these Ohio nurses are fighting against when it comes to mandatory overtime.
Tim Becker Partner at Minneapolis’ Johnson // Becker PLLC, and lead sponsor of WageAdvocates.com. He is committed to providing clients effective, aggressive legal representation, and has prosecuted numerous individual FLSA violation claims.