Referred To Her Office By NYSNA, NYS Attorney General Returns $24,000 To Nurses Taken Advantage Of By The Albany Med Health System, Which Will Pay $114,000 For Illegally Forcing Former Nurses To Pay Fees Following Resignation Or Termination
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – New York Attorney General Letitia James has announced a second agreement with Albany Med Health System after finding Albany Med included an illegal provision in employment contracts with Nurses who were hired from overseas.
That illegal provision, or “repayment fee,” required Nurses to pay thousands of dollars if they resigned or were fired within the first three years of employment at Albany Med.
In 2021, Attorney General James recovered more than $90,000 for seven former Employees of Albany Med who were forced to illegally pay the hospital because of this provision.
Following the news of that settlement, additional former Nurses of Albany Med came forward and reported similar treatment.
This settlement will return more than $24,000 to eight Nurses who paid illegal repayment fees to Albany Med between 2007 and 2010, bringing the total amount Albany Med will pay in restitution to $114,000.
“I will not allow hard-working Nurses - Front Line Workers - to be taken advantage of in New York State,” said Attorney General James. “Our health care system is dependent on Nurses and they deserve to be treated with the highest respect and dignity. My office will always fight for Health Care Workers and I am proud that we can continue to protect the Nurses who were impacted by these illegal contracts, return the funds stolen from them, and hold employers accountable.”
Attorney General James issued a subpoena in February 2020 after the matter was referred to her office by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA).
“This second settlement for Albany Medical Center Nurses is a victory for Immigrant Nurses and Workers everywhere who have been subjected to coercive employment contracts,” NYSNA President Nancy Hagans said.
“We applaud Attorney General Letitia James’ office for taking action to protect New York’s Workers - wherever they hail from - and winning a settlement that returns some of the Nurses’ hard-earned money,” Hagans said.
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