MSHA settles two discrimination cases with Tennessee mine operator

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today that the department has settled two discrimination cases with Nyrstar Tennessee Mines – Gordonsville LLC, which operates the Cumberland and Elmwood/Gordonsville Mines in Smith County, Tenn. According to the settlement, which was approved by Kenneth R. Andrews, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission administrative law judge assigned to the case, Nyrstar Gordonsville agreed to pay back wages, front pay and compensatory damages to two miners who were terminated from their jobs at the underground zinc mine, Elmwood/Gordonsville Mine. In addition, the mine operator is required to pay civil penalties totaling $22,000 for its alleged violations of Section 105(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

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