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Shell-Motiva to pay $4.5 million after violations of federal labor law

Shell-Motiva is to pay $4.5 million to over 2,500 former and current employees arising from violations of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.

By John Donovan

Shell-Motiva is to pay $4.5 million to over 2,500 former and current employees arising from violations of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.

The U.S. Labor Department said that Shell-Motiva made workers attend mandatory pre-shift meetings before the start of their 12-hour shifts.

“Employers are legally required to pay workers for all hours worked,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said in a written statement. “Whether in the international oil industry, as in this case, or a local family-run restaurant, the Labor Department is working to ensure that responsible employers do not experience a competitive disadvantage because they play by the rules.”

To find out if you’ve got back wages coming in the Shell/Motiva case, call 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or the Labor Department’s Houston District Office at 713-339-5500.

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