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Lawsuit File against Massey for Wage Violations

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A federal class action lawsuit against Massey Energy has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia by six former and current employees, alleging the coal company did not pay minimum wage and overtime which  violates the Federal Violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act and the Federal Mine Act.

The lawsuit claims that Massey cost the men thousands of dollars because they “willfully and / or negligently refused to correct the illegal payments made to those employees.” It also states that Massey didn’t consider workers “on the clock” until after they reported to work, got ready to go underground, drove underground, and arrived at whatever section of the mine they were working at the time.

The lawsuit goes on to claim that “Without limitation the defendant [Massey] would have the employees report to work to attend meetings without payment … do pre-shift inspections off the clock and without payment and do post-trip inspections off the clock and without payment.”

In the class action lawsuit, the miners are seeking lost wages plus interest, liquidated damages, and attorney fees and costs. disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit File against Massey for Wage Violations was posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 6:06 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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