Minnesota AG Requires 3M to Pay $1 Million in Back Wages

  • Minnesota AG Keith Ellison settled with 3M Company to resolve allegations that it violated state employment laws by making unauthorized deductions from employee pay.
  • According to the Assurance of Discontinuance, 3M allegedly deducted employees’ pay for overpayments—which resulted from COVID-19 pandemic-related absences, incorrect calculations of base pay and overtime, for example—without first obtaining voluntary written authorization.
  • Under the terms of the settlement, 3M will pay over $960,000 in back wages, and the state has stayed a civil penalty of up to $1 million, among other relief.