by Moxye Staff
They may not have electricity or be able to work nearly two months after the devastation brought by Hurricane Maria, but they’re still receiving regular paychecks.
And even though Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island’s infrastructure in September, forcing TJX to shutter some stores there, the company has nevertheless been dutifully paying its employees ever since.
The owner of the Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods chains has been getting some rave reviews of late, but the praise has nothing to do with bargain-priced clothing or housewares.
Framingham-based TJX Cos. is being praised for continuing to pay its employees in hurricane-battered Puerto Rico, even as its stores there remain closed six weeks after the devastating storm left residents and businesses without electricity and fresh water.
The retailer confirmed that workers at all of its 29 Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods stores in Puerto Rico are still receiving paychecks. “We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances,” TJX spokeswoman Erika Tower said.
TJX’s conduct was first flagged by Iván Meléndez in late October, when he posted a grateful message on Facebook thanking Marshall’s for paying his son ― even though the store that employed him was closed:
Even now, six weeks after Maria knocked out the entire island’s power supply, restoring electricity has been a slow process.
While leadership on the island touts that 42 percent of its power generation has been restored, a CNN investigation found the reality isn’t quite so rosy. As of last Friday, just four of the island’s 78 regions had power for more than 50 percent of their population.