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The Associated Press July 19, 2010, 1:20PM ET

Former W.Va. workers sue Massey for back wages

Five former employees claim in a lawsuit that a Massey Energy Co. subsidiary forced them to work off the clock to avoid paying overtime.

The men's lawsuit seeks back wages, interest and damages from Massey Coal Services. They're also trying to get their lawsuit returned to Boone County Circuit Court. Massey had it moved to U.S. District Court.

The men claim in their complaint that Massey required them to attend meetings, perform pre- and post-work inspections, and travel to and from work areas without pay. In modern coal mines, it can take miners an hour or more to travel from the surface to work areas.

Massey has denied their claims in its response to the lawsuit filed Friday.

Richmond, Va.-based Massey operates coal mines in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia.

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