Alliance Coal Miners Underpaid Wages Lawsuit
Edelson Lechtzin LLP is currently representing coal miners in a proposed collective and class action lawsuit against Alliance Coal alleging that the company has failed to pay workers for time spent donning and doffing clothing and protective gear prior to and after their scheduled shifts.
If you have worked as a coal miner for Alliance Coal, use the form below to request a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Can the Company Retaliate Against Me for Joining the Case? No. Federal law prohibits employers from firing or otherwise punishing employees who seek to enforce their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
What is the Class Seeking in the Lawsuit? In a successful case, workers could recover money for unpaid work time and more.
How Could I Have Been Underpaid?
The lawsuit alleges that Alliance coal miners were required to arrive at the mine before their shifts began to dress and get ready for work. During this time, workers put on special protective equipment and clothing, including coveralls, boots, safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves and helmets, according to the suits. They also used this time to gather additional tools and materials needed to perform their jobs.
The lawsuits argue that this time should be considered work time – even though it’s performed prior to scheduled shifts – and must be paid. Alliance, however, allegedly does not provide compensation for this pre-shift work.
The lawsuit also alleges Alliance illegally failed to pay workers for time spent working after their shifts ended. During this time, workers removed their clothing and protective equipment, returned items to their lockers and placed lights on chargers so they could be ready for future shifts.
The suits also allege Alliance cheated workers out of proper overtime pay when they worked more than 40 hours per week.
If you worked for Alliance Coal and want to learn more about your rights and what you can do, fill out our contact form or call us at 844-696-7492. One of the attorneys handling this investigation may then reach out to you directly. It costs nothing to get in touch or to speak to someone about your rights.