Karen Belz
November 07, 2017 11:16 am
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After massive damage to buildings and infrastructure from Hurricane Maria, many retail employees in Puerto Rico have found themselves without jobs. But the parent company of T.J. Maxx is still paying employees in Puerto Rico despite that their stores have been closed for weeks. The company, known as TJX, also owns Marshalls and HomeGoods, and 29 of the company’s stores in Puerto Rico have reportedly been affected by the hurricane.

The Weather Channel reported that six weeks after the storm hit, over half of Puerto Rico is still without power. It may take months, if not years, for the island to fully recover.

News of TJX’s actions went viral thanks to a post from Iván Meléndez, the father of a Marshalls employee. Translated from Spanish, the post gives thanks to the chain, stating, “Marshalls stores in Puerto Rico have continued to pay their employees even without running their stores,” noting that the company is also helping its employees with supplies during this dire time. Meléndez wrote that it was an “honorable gesture,” and we agree.

The heartwarming post was shared over 41,000 times.

A TJX spokesperson confirmed the story with People.com:

It’s inspiring to see that TJX values the well-being of their employees more than they value making a profit, and we sincerely hope that other businesses take a page from their book.

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