Kinder Morgan Agrees Settles Fair Labor Standards Dispute

HOUSTON (AP) – Federal officials say Kinder Morgan Inc. has agreed to pay $830,422 to settle allegations that the Houston pipeline company violated rules on bonuses and other compensation.

The Department of Labor said Tuesday the agreement involving more than 4,600 current and former employees settles a lawsuit filed by the agency against the company and a subsidiary, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP.

The lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act followed an investigation of 11 Kinder Morgan locations in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota and Texas.

Labor officials say overtime rates weren’t properly calculated into bonuses, some employees weren’t paid for pre-shift meetings and workers’ hours were improperly rounded to benefit the company.

The agreement awaits a judge’s approval.

A company spokesman didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment.