Nurse suing St. Joseph’s Hospital for working through lunch

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HOUSTON — A local nurse has filed a lawsuit against the hospital where she works, claiming the institution failed to give her a lunch break for the almost two years she worked there.

Christina Hamlyn said she was never given an actual lunch break at St. Joseph Medical Center, where she worked from 2013 until 2015.  Hamlyn said the hospital never relieved her of her duties and responsibilities with patients to eat.

"What were asking for in this case is that the St. Joseph Medical Center repay the back wages that are owed to nurses like Ms. Hamlyn," lawyer Galvin Kennedy said.

The lawsuit also claims that the medical center is well aware its nearly 2,000 nurses are not allotted breaks during the day or appropriate payment for working overtime.

St. Joseph sent NewsFix a statement saying, "This lawsuit is without merit. The hospital values its employees and ensures that all employees are fairly compensated in accordance with the law."