Monday, January 24, 2011


Judge Rules In Favor Of Harlan County Miners

Administrative Law Judge Janet Harner has ruled that a Harlan County coal mining company owned by D&C Mining Corp. of Fries, Virginia should pay nearly $40,000 for discriminating against two Kentucky men who were laid off. Harner says Chad Green and Donnie Smith were working at the mine in September 2009 when they noticed water leaking through an underground seal. State inspectors were called in, and the mine was temporarily shut down. The ruling says Smith and Green were laid off "for the mistaken belief that they called the inspectors to the mine." Harner ordered the company to pay $13,300 to Green and $5,600 to Smith in back pay, and another $20,000 for violations of the federal mining act.

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