Common Oilfield Overtime Problems
When it comes to pay practices of oil and gas companies (both producers and service providers), it truly is the wild west in Texas. The U.S. has become the largest oil producer in the world, and Texas is the epicenter of oil production in this country. This requires millions of man hours by skilled laborers, who work long, hard hours away from their families.
Federal law requires almost every laborer to be paid one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay for each hour worked above forty in a week. But in the rush to drill for ever-increasing amounts of oil and gas, and because drilling is a labor-intensive business, companies are tempted to short the wages of their workers through a variety of illegal schemes to help their bottom line.
That’s Where i Come In. Your Lost Wages Are My Business.
Every oilfield worker should make sure that they are paid every dollar they are owed by their employer. Every oilfield worker should know their legal rights regarding overtime pay. The following questions can help an oilfield worker to know whether they may be owed overtime pay:
- Do you work 40+ hours/week without receiving overtime pay?
- Are you hired by a consulting firm and contracted out to a company without receiving overtime pay?
- Are you classified as an independent contractor and denied overtime pay?
- Are you paid the same hourly rate even for hours worked over 40 per week?
- Are you paid for fewer hours than you actually work?
- Are you paid day rates, or salary plus a day rate, with no extra pay for overtime?
- Are you paid a set amount for each day you work more than 8 hours?
- Are you required to use timekeeping software that automatically deducts for lunches or breaks even when you do not take them?
- Are you a short-haul driver paid per load, regardless of the # of hours worked?
If you answered yes to any of these questions regarding a current or past employer within the past 3 years, you may have a claim for unpaid overtime and could be entitled to thousands of dollars in lost wages, plus additional damages.
Do not wait to find out whether you have had your wages stolen by your employer or former employer – too often I receive calls from workers who waited too long to ask the right questions about overtime pay. If you believe you have been shorted on overtime pay, call me and I will give you an honest, straightforward evaluation, at no cost or obligation to you.