U.S. Says Coal Mine Operator Violated Labor Law

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) - Nearly 700 people are supposed to get
more than $192,000 in back pay from a coal mine operator accused of
violating federal labor law.

The U.S. Department of Labor says Frasure Creek Mining
incorrectly calculated overtime pay for 678 employees for nearly
two years from January 2006 through December 2007.

The Labor Department says Frasure Creek also did a poor job
recording hours worked by office staff, including classifying four
clerical workers as exempt administrative employees and never
paying them overtime.

When the violations were discovered, the Labor Department says
Frasure Creek agreed to repay the money.

No one answered at Frasure Creek's Scott Depot headquarters
Friday. The company operates seven surface mines in West Virginia
and Kentucky.

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