Top 10 Reasons for Oilfield Overtime Lawsuits

We represent a lot of oilfield workers.  These oilfield workers have worked all over the country, including oilfields and shale plays in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Oilfield overtime lawsuits have been brought by myriad oilfield workers, including roustabouts, MWD operators, field engineers, wireline operators, tool pushers, field engineers, field hands, wireline operators, tool pushers, mud pushers and pressure control operators. These individuals have one thing in common: They work their asses off and commonly work over 80 hours a week for their employers.

While oilfield workers have different jobs, all non-exempt oil field workers deserve proper payment of overtime wages. Their employers must pay them proper overtime regardless of whether their employer pays them a day rate or salary plus day rate, or baselessly labels them “independent contractors.”

Our overtime lawyers have prepared the following list of the Top 10 Reasons for Oilfield Overtime Lawsuits based on our vast and successful experience representing our clients against their oilfield employers. We hope that it helps our clients and website visitors assess whether their employer has broken the law by failing to properly pay overtime wages.

Asserting Your Oilfield Overtime Lawsuit with Our Lawyers.

As with any right, your right to wages and overtime compensation is only worth something if you decide to enforce your rights. If you hire the Siegel Law Group to litigate you overtime wage dispute, we will not only go after the wages you are owed. Rather, we will go after double the amount of owed wages and an award of attorneys’ fees for our time.

If you feel as though your oilfield employer has improperly withheld your overtime wages, give us a call. We will provide you with a free consultation to assess your case and provide you with an estimate of your potential recovery. You can reach our overtime lawyers by using the contact form at the bottom of the page, giving us at call at (214) 790-4454, or emailing us at

Top 10 Ten Reasons for Oilfield Overtime Lawsuits.

Paying Day Rate or Day Rate + Salary with Not Overtime: If your employer pays you a day rate or day rate plus salary without additional compensation for overtime, you are likely owed unpaid overtime wages if you work over 40 hours in a week. If you would like to learn more about whether you have a claim against your current or former oilfield employer, we invite you to learn more here.

Paying Only Straight Time and No Overtime. If you receive only straight time (same hourly rate) for the hours you work over 40 in a week, you have a claim for overtime pay not paid to you over the last three years. If you receive hourly wages, your employer should always pay you 1.5 times your regular rate for overtime hours.

Receiving “Comp” Time Instead of Overtime. If you are work for a private, non-government oilfield company, your employer cannot pay you “comp” or “flex” time instead of providing you with overtime compensation for working over 40 hours in a week.

Improper Overtime Calculations. All wages, including non-discretionary day or weekly bonuses, must be included when your employer calculates your overtime. Oilfield employers commonly fail to include bonuses in determining your overtime rates to commit oilfield wage theft.

Manager Misclassification: Calling an Employee a Manager to Cheat a Worker Out of Overtime. Employers often call employees “managers” or “supervisors” and pay them a salary in order to avoid paying overtime. Regardless if they receive a salary and a title, many alleged managers are nonetheless non-exempt employees due overtime under the law. If you are called a manager and answer “yes” to the following question, you likely have a claim for unpaid overtime:

Do you spend the majority of your time on something else other than supervising employees?

Not Paying for On-Call or Standby Time. If your employer forces you to be on “standby” and you cannot do anything else during your standby time, your oilfield employer should be paying you wages and overtime for that time.

“Off-the-Clock” Work. If you are asked not to record all of your hours or are asked to clock out before completing work, your employer is violating your overtime rights. You should be paid for all the time in which your employer suffers or permits you to work. Your employer may not just turn their back to this work in order to avoid payments.

Forced Work During Rest & Meal Breaks. When your rest or meal break is not totally uninterrupted, your employer must compensate you for it. Period.

Non-Payment of Travel Time Other than Work Commutes. Your employer does not have to pay you for the time your spend commuting between home and work. However, employers do have to pay for overnight travel and travel between worksites. If your employer fails to pay you for overnight travel or travel between worksites, you likely have a an overtime lawsuit to file in federal court.

Contact Us About Your Potential Oilfield Overtime Lawsuits

If you have been victimized by your oilfield employer’s pay practices, we’d like to talk to you. We don’t take unpaid wages lightly and neither should you. The faster we get to work on your claim, the faster we can work towards getting your unpaid wages and overtime. Please use the contact form below or give us a call or text today at (214) 790-4454 for your free consultation.

Jack Siegel is the Texas Overtime Lawyer responsible for this website.
The Siegel Law Group’s Texas Overtime Attorneys have their principal place of business in Dallas, but serve clients throughout the entire state of Texas, including oilfield workers in West Texas, Midland, the Permian Basin, Odessa and the Eagle Ford shale.