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Royal Dutch Shell and Motiva Enterprises, a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Aramco, will pay $4.5 million in back pay to 2,677 current and former employees in the U.S. for federal labor law violations.

Shell and Motiva agreed to pay $4,470,764, or about $1,670 per employee, the Times-Picayune said.

The Labor Department said Shell and Motiva failed to pay refinery workers for attending mandatory pre-shift meetings and broke overtime pay rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division discovered the violations after visiting eight Shell and Motiva facilities in Washington, Louisiana, Alabama, California and Texas.

Shell will also conduct federal labor law training for managers, payroll personnel and human resources personnel.

Shell and Saudi Arabia’s state owned Saudi Aramco, through subsidiaries, each own 50 percent of Motiva.

Motiva owns three refineries located in Covent and Norco, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas.

The refineries have a combined capacity of over 1 million barrels per day.

Motiva also distributes and markets Shell fuel and other products.


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