Hospice employees may not get paid

Published 02/25 2014 01:23PM

Updated 02/25 2014 01:29PM

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- More bad news for hundreds of nurses in Central Illinois. Not only were they fired from Passages Hospice, Friday, they found out they might not be paid for their work. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley has the latest developments.

Friday was payday, but not for employees of Passages Hospice. They haven't been paid for the past two-and-a-half weeks of work. There's a good possibility they'll never get paid.

Passages' owner, Seth Gillman, was arrested on Medicare and Medicaid fraud charges. He's awaiting trail.

In the meantime, his dad, Michael, sent an email to employees stating Passages is officially discontinuing all operations and everyone's been terminated. Not only that, they're losing all their benefits effective immediately and possibly won't be reimbursed for hundreds of vacation hours.

The senior Gillman also stated:

        We realize that this decision will cause hardships to our employees and we
        hope to accomplish the closing of Passages' facilities with the least amount
        of disruptions to the lives of our employees and their families. You will
        receive further information as it becomes available.

But, employees say the damage has already been done. They're in the process of filing a class-action lawsuit. he email lists a phone number and encourages employees to call with questions, however, it forwards callers to a line in the office which is now closed. It's unclear if anyone else will face charges.

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