Retail Chain Continues to Pay Workers in Puerto Rico Even Though its Stores Are Closed

By Sahid Fawaz

Some employers get it.

NBC Washington reports:

“TJX Cos., the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, is being praised for continuing to pay its employees in Puerto Rico even though their stores remain closed due to damage from Hurricane Maria.

‘Based on the devastating situation in Puerto Rico, we can confirm that we have continued to pay our TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Associates on the island,’ the company said in a statement to NBC Boston. ‘We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances.’

A Facebook user shared a post from his son in Puerto Rico to the #PuertoRicoStrong page thanking TJX for continuing to send paychecks, even though his store remains closed.

‘I was worried about my son and he told me, ‘Don’t worry dad, Marshalls is still paying us,’ Ivan Melendez wrote in a post dated Oct. 21. ‘And they have given employees supplies. Thank you Marshalls for such an honorable gesture.’

It was not immediately clear how many of the Massachusetts-based company’s 29 stores in Puerto Rico remained closed or how many people TJX employs on the island.

‘Its nice to hear a company that values their staff over just the bottom line because they could have saved a lot of money by not paying them,’ said Danielle Barney, a customer at TJ Maxx in Needham, Mass.”

For more on this story, check out the full piece at NBC Washington here.

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