Mining rig operator Bob Ballew was forced to resign after a lawsuit accusing him of falsifying mining statistics for his company was settled.
The lawsuit alleged that Ballewey falsified statistics on mining equipment used to mine gold and silver at an Arizona mine.
Ballews company, Gold King Corp., said it paid $1,700 per employee to take a test.
In the settlement, Ballewiks lawyers said Ballewins testimony in the lawsuit was “false and misleading.”
The company paid the $1 million to settle the lawsuit.
In a statement, GoldKing said it is “extremely disappointed” by the settlement.
“We have long maintained that the facts of the case were not accurate,” the company said.
“As a result of the settlement agreement, Bob Boles actions in the litigation will no longer be allowed to affect our ability to operate in Arizona.”
Ballewuks lawsuit alleged the company falsely reported that it employed 1,300 workers in 2015.
Boles claimed he hired the workers, but later admitted he had employed only 10, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Arizona.
The company said it was in “compliance” with Arizona’s employment verification rules at the time.
The suit alleged Ballewer was “in violation of the Arizona Employment Standards and Labor Relations Act” because he had falsified the numbers of employees hired for the mine, and “underreported the actual number of employees employed at the site.”
Boles said in a statement the company “takes its commitment to ensure our employees are treated fairly and fairly administered by our legal counsel.”
The lawsuit said the company was “not a party to any pending litigation and is not the subject of any pending investigations.”
Balsew did not immediately return CNN’s request for comment.
The settlement comes at a time of heightened concern about the industry in the U.S. and around the world.
Earlier this month, the U!
News/Watters World poll showed that only 38% of Americans approve of the way the mining industry is working, down from 46% in August, and a CNN/ORC poll showed only 29% approve of U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ record on the global economy.
The mining industry has struggled to attract new workers in the past several years, as mining and energy companies struggle to fill the jobs lost in the recession.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll last month showed that 66% of those surveyed believed mining companies were trying to use cheap labor abroad, as well as the United States, as a way to boost profits, with 44% believing companies were exploiting cheap labor.