Kinder Morgan has agreed to pay roughly $830,000 in unpaid overtime and other back pay to thousands of current and former employees – the result of a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigation into Kinder Morgan business practices that purportedly violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The lawsuit alleged Kinder Morgan:
- Improperly rounded work hours in Kinder Morgan’s favor;
- Failed to pay employees who attended meetings before their shift began; and
- Used a lower overtime rate by failing to include non-discretionary bonuses in its overtime rate calculation.
The FLSA requires employers to include in the calculation of the overtime rate employee bonuses awarded for meeting productivity, efficiency, or attendance goals. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis stated, “Today’s settlement agreement provides back wages, but will also help ensure that Kinder Morgan complies with the law in the future.”
- Kinder Morgan Agrees to Renumerate 4,659 Workers For Unpaid Wages (businesslawdaily.wordpress.com)