BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The U.S. Department of Labor will be at the downtown Bridgeport Library Thursday to meet with Bridgeport Health Care Center Inc. employees experiencing problems with their BHCC-sponsored health or retirement plans, according to state Sen. Ed Gomes (D-Bridgeport).
Five people from the department's Employee Benefits Security Administration will be in Bridgeport to meet with employees from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the third-floor community room of the Burroughs-Saden Library, 925 Broad St.
The department's Wage and Workplace Standards Division is investigating possible violations at Bridgeport Health Care Center. Any current or former employees that have any issues with their health or retirement plans are encouraged to attend the sessions.
Gomes has been working closely with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and the federal and state labor departments to help employees who are having issues with their promised benefits.
“These people work so hard taking care of those that can no longer care for themselves,” Gomes said. “They deserve the pensions that they contributed to for years and the health benefits they were promised. I have heard too many heartbreaking stories of people missing $10,000, $20,000 and even $50,000 in pension payments. This is just wrong. I hope any Bridgeport Health Care Center worker that was done wrong comes down to the library and speaks with the Department of Labor.”
Employees are encouraged to bring any papers they have that may assist in an investigation, such as pay stubs, medical bills and correspondence (letters, e-mails, notices, etc.) with insurers, service providers or claims administrators regarding the health or retirement plans. Labor department staff either will copy this material on-site or will make the copies in their office and return the documents via U.S. mail.
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