Out-of-state EMTs and paramedics who answered the call to work in New York City during the height of the coronavirus pandemic are suing a private ambulance operator for pay they say they were promised but never received.
The suit was filed in Brooklyn state court against Ambulnz, the New York Port reported. The lawsuit claims the company told first responders they would be paid for 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and then refused to pay them for all that time.
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Ambulnz was among several private ambulance companies subcontracted by FEMA during the pandemic.
In a statement to the Post, Ambulnz said it “verified compensation practices for our New York City COVID-19 response contract with two separate, independent top-tier labor law firms.” Both firms “confirmed that our payroll practices exceeded the amount required by law,” the company said.