Oilfield Workers & Unpaid Overtime
Are you owed back wages?
The oilfield industry continues to expand and create millions of new jobs
across the country. Unfortunately, many workers in this industry fall
victim to employers that fail to comply with state and federal wage and
hour laws. In fact, unpaid overtime wages have become a common problem
among various oil and gas jobs.
If you are an oilfield worker and suspect that you may be entitled to unpaid
overtime, our experienced
employment law attorneys at Kelley/Uustal are available to review your case, explain your
rights, and discuss how we can help you recover your back wages.
Oilfield Overtime Lawsuits
Many oilfield workers are entitled to overtime wages. Due to the unlawful
conduct of employers, however, far too many workers don’t receive
the pay to which they are entitled. There are several ways this can happen:
Misclassification as Salaried Workers - Oilfield employers may misclassify workers as salaried employees in
order to avoid paying overtime. This means that workers can work more
than 40 hours a week without being compensated for the extra time.
Misclassification as Independent Contractors - Another method to avoid paying overtime includes misclassifying workers
as independent contractors. This is a common practice in the oil industry
that allows employers to avoid paying overtime and/or employee benefits.
Paid by the Day - Some employers in the oil and gas industry will hire Day Rate Employees
(also known as Daily Rate Workers), who are paid a flat sum for a day’s
work, even if they work overtime. Not paying employees who work over 40
hours a week is in direct violation of federal law.
Working Off the Clock - Oilfield workers often have duties that require them to put in extra
time before or after beginning their actual work, including transportation
and safety preparation. Oilfield employers may attempt to avoid overtime
pay by claiming this work was off the clock.
Per Diem - Many workers don’t realize that employers will use per diem payments
- for things like travel, meals, or accommodations - to avoid paying actual
Underreporting Hours - Oil companies may attempt to skirt overtime wages by knowingly underreporting
hours, which is in direct violation of the law.
Call (954) 715-4511 for a FREE Case Review
Oilfield workers have every right to recover the wages they are owed. By
bringing your case to the attention of our firm, an attorney can help
you learn more about your legal rights and whether you may be entitled
to compensation for your unpaid wages.
Contact us today to discuss your case.