Duke Energy is seeking the public’s help to help it make decisions on whether to pay former employees and customers millions of dollars in back pay.
In a press release on Wednesday, the company said it’s seeking input from employees, customers and communities to better understand how to best make decisions.
It said that “some of the best advice we can offer” comes from people with Duke Energy experience, which has helped them understand the energy company’s policies and procedures and “the challenges they faced and are facing today.”
Duke Energy said it will release a detailed report and a list of “best practices” to inform future decisions, but it’s asking people to give feedback on the following questions:How long did it take to decide to pay the employees and how many employees did the decision benefit?
Were the people who were paid well compensated?
Were there any instances of retaliation or discrimination?
What kinds of things were they asked to do?
Were any employees asked to leave the company because they didn’t follow the company’s policy?
The company said employees can be paid the amount they were hired for, but some compensation was reduced, and it’s not clear how much the pay was reduced.
Duke said it made the decision to pay back the former employees because “we have a clear responsibility to our customers and our customers have a responsibility to us.”