500 workers settle suit after nuclear shutdown
SC Electric & Gas’s chief contractor has paid 500 fired workers $1.59 million.
They were among 5,000 construction workers fired July 31, 2017, when SCE&G and Santee Cooper abruptly abandoned their $9 billion nuclear project.
“These employees showed up for work only to be told they no longer had a job," said attorney Amy Gaffney.
She said she and Susan Strom, partners with the Gaffney Lewis and Edwards law firm, met with more than 800 employees and assured them they would seek possible remedies.
Three class action suits on behalf of the displaced employees alleged that Fluor, the project manager, did not correctly pay certain of its employees’ overtime as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Two other suits alleged that Fluor and a Westinghouse subsidiary, WECTEC, violated the WARN Act when it failed to give employees 60 days’ notice of the plant closing.
The suit seeking recovery and unpaid overtime due to the Fluor employees was settled for $1.59 million and distributed to 500 workers.
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