WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced a lawsuit Dec. 20 against J.D. Nursing & Management Services, a home health care service provider, and its CEO, James N. Ibe, for allegations of violating wage laws in the district.
According to Racine’s office, the defendants committed wage theft by failing to pay 27 employees the wages they earned. These employees, who worked as home health care aids, were purportedly not paid for several months of work during autumn 2015.
Racine’s office seeks the recovery of unpaid wages, and also seeks damages, for the affected workers. In total, the district hopes to recover $64,446 for the employees, and $193,338 in damages—or three times the amount of unpaid wages.
“Workers must be paid all of the wages they earn,” Racine said. “There is no excuse for cheating people out of their hard-earned dollars, and employers must live up to their obligations to pay employees for the work they have performed. My office is committed to protecting workers from wage theft and other abuses, and we want to send a message to employers that they will be held accountable if they violate district laws.”