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    CVS settles three pharmacist-overtime lawsuits

    CVS has agreed to pay $7.4 million to more than 1,600 pharmacists throughout California who claimed the retail giant forced employees to work seven days in a row without paying overtime.

    According to Law360, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle recently approved the agreement to end three class action lawsuits that were filed in October 2013.

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    The lawsuits alleged that CVS violated state labor laws by requiring pharmacists work more than six days consecutively without paying time and a half for the hours worked on the seventh day.

    About 1,626 pharmacists who worked in three of CVS’ California regions are part of the settlement.

    “Pharmacists provide a vital service to our community,” attorney Tom Falvey told Law360. “These settlements help to make all of us safer by making sure CVS treats its pharmacists lawfully and fairly.”

    The settlement was mediated by Mark Rudy of Rudy Exelrod Zieff & Lowe and is similar to an earlier settlement CVS agreed to in another case, Law360 said.

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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    • Anonymous
      You would think that there would be at least one investor in these publicly traded companies who just might be getting fed up seeing all these settlements and DEA/Medicare fines and their impact on corporate profitability (granted, it probably comes out of an insurance fund but that still means higher premiums). Just one who'd like to see a CEO address an annual meeting on this matter. Or maybe just one Dept of Labor (fed or state) investigator who might use this cue to investigate similar situations elsewhere. You would think...