Ascension plant workers part of $4 million settlement
GEISMAR - More than 200 workers for Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC in Ascension Parish will get overtime back wages paid to them after a settlement between the two companies and the federal government.
A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the companies violated the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime provisions by not paying workers for the time spent at mandatory pre-shift meetings and failing to record the time spent at these meetings. A spokesperson for the Department of Labor released details of the agreement in a news release Wednesday.
"Employers are legally required to pay workers for all hours worked," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.
In all, 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees are due payments. The group worked at eight Shell and Motiva facilities in Alabama, California, Louisiana, Texas and Washington.
Three locations involved are in Louisiana: Norco - 430 workers, Convent- 273 workers and Geismar - 216 workers.
The two companies will split $4,470,764 among the workers.
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