Patrick County hospital employees file $1 million lawsuit

Employees sue Patrick County Memorial Hospital for lost wages.

Daytona Beach, FL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–A lawsuit was filed in Patrick County Circuit Court by 85 current and former employees of Patrick County Memorial Hospital. As reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, employment lawyers for the hospital workers filed the court documents claiming the health care facility refused to pay the staff. The previous owner of the hospital is R.J. Reynolds and they are also accused in court papers.

According to the employees attorneys, the health care center refused to pay the former workers three to four weeks of pay when they were abruptly fired in October 2008. The lawsuit also alleges funds withdrawn from employees paychecks for health benefits and taxes were not given to the appropriate agencies. Employees who returned to work claim they still have not been paid their wages. The hospital has reported financial trouble for years and was recently sold by their former operator PCH Operations LLC of Hickory, North Carolina.

Wachovia Bank and Marshall Investment Corp. Are known secured creditors for the hospital. The workers’ rights attorneys filed the lawsuit in court to secure the employees reimbursement place in front of the other creditors.

According to legal documents, PCH’s assets of approximately $225,000 have been turned over to the court.

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