Filipino nurses certified as ‘class’ in human trafficking suit vs. New York care homes

It’s a victory for a big number of Filipino nurses, who banded together to fight the abusive practices of New York’s largest group of nursing homes.

A federal court judge recently certified as “a class” over 200 Filipino nurses in a human trafficking lawsuit, against Golden Gate Rehabilitation and Health Care center on Staten Island and Spring Creek rehabilitation and nursing center in Brooklyn.

The facilities are part of the sentosa care network, also a defendant in the suit.

The decision means that any nurses recruited since December 23, 2008 by the Philippine-based staffing agency, Sentosa Services, to work for the said nursing homes are included in the class suit.

The nursing homes reportedly promised to pay the Filipino nurses competitive wages in New York, but failed to deliver and even allegedly threatened the Filipino nurses to force them into working for less.

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