Kentucky miners protesting unpaid wages during the bankruptcy case of coal company Blackjewel LLC scored a win in court on Monday.

The company will hold some of the proceeds from the sale of coal mined in Harlan County, Kentucky, until workers there are paid, an attorney representing Blackjewel said in a hearing in Charleston, West Virginia. The move comes after Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella asked the court to halt the movement of coal from the mine until workers get June wages.

Blackjewel violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying miners for work done in June,...