Former Deaconess employees file complaints against company

CREATED May 6, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Displaced health care workers are taking their fight to their former employer.

Dozens of Deaconess Home Health employees are now filing complaints against the Milwaukee-based business.

Employees were guided by workers’ rights group Wisconsin Jobs Now to formalize their issues with the company.

Workers have not been paid for weeks. The company locked its doors Apr. 30 and refused to pay its employees, citing a lack of Medicaid money. State organizations put payments on hold when an investigation into health insurance fraud was launched against the company.

Monday, dozens of former Deaconess workers met with attorneys, filing labor complaints against the company. Many workers are still caring for their patients free of charge.

"It's kind of messed up that you're doing the work for free, but they need the help, so i'm standing by my patient,” said care worker Isabeliss Sanchez.

TODAY’S TMJ4 reached out repeatedly to the company through their attorney, but we have not received a response or an update to the company’s efforts to pay workers.

Employees are planning a rally set for Tuesday morning in Downtown Milwaukee.