The company is sticking by their employees.

By Nora Horvath
Updated November 06, 2017
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More than a month after two destructive hurricanes slammed the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, most of the island’s 3.5 million people remain without electricity and safe drinking water. In many areas of the territory, this has prevented people from getting back to work, which is devastating to an island where more than half of the population lives below the poverty line. But despite faltering bureaucratic attempts at bringing relief to the victims, companies on the island are standing by their employees.

According to an article published Thursday in the Boston Globe, TJX Companies, the Massachusetts-based company that owns T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, is still paying their Puerto Rican employees—even though their stores remained closed.

“We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances,” TJX spokeswoman Erika Tower told the Boston Globe. The retailer confirmed to the newspaper that workers at all of its 29 Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods stores in Puerto Rico are still receiving paychecks, even though many of the stores remained closed, but would not disclose the total number of employees affected.

In a post that has been shared more than 41 thousand times, Facebook user Iván Meléndez, the father of a TJX companies employee, wrote in Spanish, “thanks to the stores for such an honorable gesture. From now on I'm going to sponsor this network even more.”

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