Under federal law, employers must pay employees overtime wages when they work more than 40 hours a week unless their position is covered by an exemption established by law. Depending on their job duties, oil and gas industry employees may not fit under any overtime exemption. If these exemptions do not apply, these individuals may be entitled to overtime wages. Our firm has recently filed lawsuits on behalf of misclassified oil and gas employees for overtime violations. We’ve filed lawsuits on behalf of pressure control operators against Nine Energy Services, LLC (for more information, click here), on behalf of day rate workers against Sprint Energy, L.P. and Sprint Waste, L.P (for more information, click here), on behalf of sand coordinators against Silver Line Logistics, Inc., and on behalf HSE Coordinators and specialists against Schlumberger N.V. (for more information, click here) to recover unpaid overtime wages.
Federal investigators at the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division have recently focused on the widespread wage and hour violations in the oil industry. In September 2015, field service representatives, pipe recovery specialists, drilling tech advisors, perforating specialists and reliability tech specialists were recently awarded $18.3 million for overtime hours worked. Click here for details.
We are currently investigating overtime violations for oil and gas workers who held the following positions:
|Closer loop operator||Coil tubing operator||Derrickhand|
|Directional Driller||Driller||Drilling fluids engineer|
|Field engineer||Field hand||Field operator|
|Field specialist||Frac sand coordinator||Grease operator|
|LWD engineer||LWD operator||MWD engineer|
|MWD operator||Mud logger||MWD/LWD/DD|
|Pipeline operator||Pumpers||Pump supervisors|
|Reverse pump operator||Rigger||Roughneck|
|Roustabout||Safety Inspector||Service Supervisor|
|Solids Control||Solids Control Tech||Tankerman|
|Toolpusher||Top drive Technician||Top drive mechanic|
If you worked in any of the above positions in the oil and gas industry and were not paid for your overtime hours, you may have a claim for unpaid overtime wages. This applies regardless of whether you agreed or contracted to be paid by a day rate, salary or both. The law simply does not allow you to waiver your federally protected overtime rights through any private agreement or contract with your employer.
Our attorneys handle overtime cases for misclassified employees subjected to illegal pay plans on a daily basis. If you worked in the oil and gas industry over the last three years and believe you have a claim for unpaid overtime, please use the below contact form to talk to us about your potential claim.