National Grid will pay out more than $4.8 million to 6,500 workers to settle a wage dispute in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday.
Workers who assisted with Sandy cleanup had complained they were shortchanged by the gas-and-electric utility for hours worked on Sandy cleanup in late 2012 and early 2013. The settlement calls for each hourly employee who worked during that period to receive $750 on top of the wages they weren’t paid initially, according to Schneiderman’s office.
“Some of the affected employees in this case reported that they were unable to repair their own homes after the storm because of National Grid’s underpayments,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “National Grid’s workers will receive some compensation — and an explanation — for the financial hardship they endured in the aftermath of the storm.”
As part of the deal, National Grid will have to explain to its employees why they weren’t paid properly — Schneiderman’s office says the company attributes to error to a “computer glitches” — and issue a report to the Attorney General’s Office detailing the steps they’ve taken to prevent it in the future.
The settlement affects workers from Long Island to Syracuse, according to Schneiderman.