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This company is paying employees in Puerto Rico – even though stores remain closed

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New aerial footage from the National Weather Service shows the scale of the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The footage from eastern and central Puerto Rico shows the devastation the Category 4 hurricane caused to entire neighbor
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New aerial footage from the National Weather Service shows the scale of the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The footage from eastern and central Puerto Rico shows the devastation the Category 4 hurricane caused to entire neighbor

The company that owns the TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods chains is earning praise for its treatment of employees in hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico.

TJX Cos., based in Framingham, Mass., has continued to pay its workers at all of its 29 stores in Puerto Rico despite the stores being closed due to damage from Hurricane Maria, according to The Boston Globe.

The Category 4 hurricane hit the island about six weeks ago and destroyed most of the area’s infrastructure, knocking out power. Only about 30 percent of power has been restored, The Boston Globe reports. Part of the island is inaccessible due to debris.

“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,” TJX said in a statement. “We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances.”

A Facebook post in Spanish by Iván Meléndez, who lives in Florida but is originally from Puerto Rico, praises Marshalls for continuing to pay his son in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In English, it essentially says, “I have to mention this because maybe many do not know. The Marshalls stores in Puerto Rico have continued paying their employees even without opening their stores. I was worried about my son and he told me: ‘Calm down, Dad, because Marshalls has been paying us’ And they have even given him supplies. Thank you to the Marshalls stores for such an honorable gesture. From now on I am going to support this chain even more. Marshalls, you rock!”

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