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State Liability for Federal Wage Violations Heads to Arizona

March 25, 2020, 10:30 PM

The Ninth Circuit asked the Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday to determine whether the state has agreed to damages liability in cases where a public agency violated federal wage and hour standards.

Plaintiff Marcie Redgrave, an at-home caretaker for a Medicaid program beneficiary, claims that the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Division of Developmental Disabilities hasn’t properly paid her for all the hours she has worked.

Redgrave wants to represent a group of other “independent providers,” or independent contractors, who believe the state agency violated federal wage and hour regulations in its compensation calculations.

When Arizona removed Redgrave’s Fair Labor...

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