Following an investigation by the United States Department of Labor (DOL), WadeCo Specialties was ordered to pay more than $439,000 to fifty employees for back wages and other damages. According to the Midland Tribune The investigation found that Wadeco Specialties, a Midland-based oilfield services company, routinely mis-classified employees as exempt from the overtime requirements set by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This allowed the company to avoid paying overtime wages to individuals who should have been eligible for such payment.
These employees regularly worked more than 40 hours per week, but were paid a flat salary with no overtime pay. The DOL investigation found that the employees actually belonged in a different classification and were owed damages and overtime pay as a result. It is important to note that although certain employees may be exempt from overtime, the majority of employees in an organization are most likely not exempt from overtime pay.
When companies intentionally or accidentally mis-classify employees, the workers invariably suffer the consequences. The oilfield FLSA attorneys of Williams Kherkher believe that all employees deserve to be paid a fair wage for the number of hours they have worked, and have pushed to hold companies accountable for the wages they owe. For more information, contact an attorney at 800-220-9341.