State investigating coal company for unpaid wages

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state announced on Monday is has opened an investigation in Blackjewel LLC, over unpaid wage for coal farmers in Eastern Kentucky.

According to the state, the Labor Cabinet received complaints that Blackjewel issued paychecks to employees that bounced or could not be cashed.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 1.

It employs about 1,700 workers.

Representatives from the cabinet were onsite in Harlan County to provide additional information to employees.

In Letcher County, representatives will be at the Letcher County Recreational Center on Wednesday, July 10 at 12 p.m.

Workers who believe they have not received full wages due to Blackjewel’s closing are encouraged to immediately contact the Labor Cabinets Division of Wages and Hours at (502) 564-3534.

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