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4 former hospital officers file complaints

August 18th, 2011 10:01 am by Staff Report

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Four former police officers at Erlanger Health System have filed complaints with the state, saying the Chattanooga hospital wouldn't pay them when they worked during lunch periods.

A complaint filed with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development by Jerry Lawrence states Erlanger deducted a 30-minute lunch period, whether officers took the time or not, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ). Department spokesman Jeff Hentchel said the former officers' claims are under investigation and the state will immediately begin gathering documents from Erlanger.

Responding by e-mail to the newspaper, hospital spokeswoman Pat Charles stated a complaint to Erlanger by one of the former guards is being reviewed. The hospital plans to respond to the state agency after investigating the claim.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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