Chevron has been ordered to pay over $1 million in back wages, overtime and damages tied to mandatory employee meetings.
The U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division said Thursday that an investigation found that three subsidiaries of Chevron Corporation violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime provisions when they failed to pay hourly field operators for the hours worked during mandatory pre-shift relief meetings.
The pre-shit meetings are conducted so that employees can turn over their duties to employees working the next shift.
The department said that its investigators found that Chevron Products Company in San Ramon, California, the Chevron Pipeline Company in Bellaire, Texas and the Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company in Houston, “failed to pay workers fully.”
The division said that Chevron will pay more than $750,000 in overtime back wages and $750,000 in damages to the 750 affected workers.
Chevron told the Mercury News that it has “taken proactive steps with the Department of Labor to resolve this matter for our valued employees.”
The department added that its investigation also identified recordkeeping violations as the company “failed to record accurately the number of hours employees worked.”
“Employers need to understand that workers must be paid for all the time they work, including time they must spend in briefings before or after their scheduled shifts,” director of the Wage and Hour Division’s San Francisco District Office Susana Blanco said.