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Kinder Morgan Sued for Federal Wage and Hour Law Violations

February 10, 2011

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, and Kinder Morgan Inc., one of the largest North American pipeline transportation and energy storage companies providing service to local oil refineries like Exxon Mobil and Shell, is being sued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), according to a press release that our Newport Beach employment attorneys have been watching, after a DOL investigation found the company in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to compensate employees for overtime.

According to the DOL lawsuit, both Kinder Morgan companies are being sued for their failure to pay over $1 million in overtime payment to around 4,500 current and former employees who work or have worked for the company as technicians, maintenance workers, laborers, operators, and administrative nonexempt employees. The investigation reportedly found systemic wage and hour violations resulting from Kinder Morgan's failure to include specific bonuses in overtime compensation for these employees.

As our Costa Mesa, California labor and employment lawyers have documented in a related California wage and hour blog, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), covered employees should be paid at least $7.25, the federal minimum wage, for every hour worked, plus one-and-one half their normal pay rates, including commissions, incentive pay, and bonuses, for hours worked beyond 40 in workweek. Employers are also responsible under the act for maintaining accurate time cards and payroll records.

The Labor Department is asking the court to order Kinder Morgan to pay back wages in full, along with liquidated damages, and to order the company stop engaging in these federal wage and hour law violations in the future.

If you have experienced a violation of wage and hour laws in Orange County, California, call our Anaheim-based labor and employment attorneys to set up a free meeting so we can help you with your wage and hour issue. Call toll-free at 1-800-872-5925.

US Labor Department Sues Houston-based Kinder Morgan, U.S. Department of Labor Press Release, February 10, 2011

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Related Blog Posts:

CEMEX To Pay Over $1.5 Million in Overtime Back Pay to 1,705 Workers, California Employment Lawyers Blog, January 12, 2011

Class-action Lawsuit Claims Technology Company Violated California Overtime Laws, California Employment Lawyers Blog, January 11, 2011