A federal lawsuit filed Monday against Nevada Northern, a rail operator in Nevada, alleges that the railroad’s management and employees conspired to keep wages low by not requiring train crews to wear safety gear, failing to offer overtime pay and requiring union members to remain home from the office for safety reasons.
In a statement, Nevada Northern said it “does not condone the actions of those who conduct union-negotiated overtime.”
Federal investigators have said that Nevada Northern employees often worked more than 40 hours a week and took home less than $3,000 a year.
The company has faced allegations of mismanagement and misconduct in recent years, and the Federal Railroad Administration has accused the company of keeping the wages of its workers low to ensure that railroad companies were profitable.
Federal investigators say that union workers were not provided adequate compensation, overtime pay or other protections.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, in Las Vegas, by the National Labor Relations Board.