Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the resolution of an investigation into employee complaints that National Grid, the multi-state electric and gas utility company, failed to properly pay its New York workers as required under state and federal law in the months after Hurricane Sandy. In addition to repaying previously unpaid wages, which has already largely occurred, the Attorney General’s agreement requires National Grid to pay another $750 to every hourly employee who worked for the company between November 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013. The total in additional monies, going to 6,500 workers, is more than $4.8 million.
“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,” said Attorne General Eric Schneiderman. “National Grid's workers will receive some compensation --- and an explanation --- for the financial hardship they endured in the aftermath of the storm.”
The agreement with the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau requires National Grid to provide an accounting to employees summarizing unpaid and underpaid wages, and to explain the date and manner in which payment problems -- which the company attributes to computer glitches -- have been fixed. In addition, the agreement requires National Grid to provide the Attorney General's Office with a report summarizing causes of systemic payroll failures, a description of steps taken to remedy the problems, a summary of lessons learned and a description of measures National Grid will take to prevent any future recurrence.