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Court says caregiver can sue county for wages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An appeals court says a California caregiver stiffed by a disabled client can sue the county for unpaid wages and overtime.

The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/11EYjvD ) says the 1st District Court of Appeal ruling on Monday could affect thousands of low-paid home care workers in California.

The San Francisco appeals court says a jury should decide if Sonoma County should be considered a co-employer responsible for unpaid wages.

A county agency had determined the disabled woman was eligible for government-funded services and authorized her to hire an in-home assistant.

Adelina Guerrero was hired in November 2008 to provide personal care, housekeeping and other in-home services to Alejandra Buenrostro.

Guerrero says she wasn't paid for 501 hours of regular employment and at least 87 hours of overtime.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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