A class action lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of nurses against hospitals in Chicago, Memphis, San Antonio and Albany charging violations of anti-trust laws.
The nurses’ allegations state the existency of a conspiracy to set a wage limit for nurses by exchanging salary information with each other and conspiring not to raise wages past a certain limit. Many blame the prevalence of low wages for nursing positions to the shortage of nurses nationwide. Additionally, staffing issues are largely attributable to the problems associated with Illinois nursing home abuse, Illinois medical malpractice, and national issues with the health industry.
The suit alleges that as a result of the conspiracy and low wages, nurses were underpaid by the following amounts annually in each respective city: Memphis $14,000; Albany $6,200; Chicago $5,400; and San Antonio $1,300.
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