LHC Group wage complaints

Jake Bittle filed this request with the Department Of Employment Security of Mississippi.


From: Jake Bittle

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Mississippi Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records of any and all wage complaints filed against the following home health and hospice agencies for the inclusive period between January 1, 2010 and September 1, 2020.

LHC Group
Almost Family
Baptist Home Care and Hospice
Deaconess HomeCare
Halcyon Hospice
HomeChoice Health Services
Mississippi HomeCare

LHC Group is a nationwide company that operates the other home care agencies as subsidiaries in the state of Mississippi.

By "records" I mean any information including the date the complaint was filed, the nature of the complaint, the amount owed to the complainant, the dates worked but not compensated, and the outcome of the complaint.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.


Jake Bittle

From: Department Of Employment Security

April 15, 2021

MuckRock News
Dept. MR 97944
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MS 02144-2516

Re: Request from Jake Bittle pursuant to Mississippi Public Records Act

Dear Mr. Bittle:

This agency is in receipt of your letters dated April 6, 2021, requesting records of any and all wage complaints against LHC Group.

Mississippi Code Annotated Section 71-5-127 is the statute controlling the release of information/documentation for this agency. After examining the statute in context of your request, it is our opinion that the information requested does not permit the release of the type of information sought without a valid subpoena for the records. Therefore, this agency must deny your request for records/information.


Anna Crain Clemmer
Senior Attorney
Mississippi Department of Employment Security
1235 Echelon Parkway | P.O. Box 1699 | Jackson, MS 39215-1699
Phone: 601.321.6073 | Fax: 601.321.6076 | Email: aclemmer@mdes.ms.gov<mailto:aclemmer@mdes.ms.gov>

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