Houston Oil and Gas Workers Wage Claim Attorneys
Oil and gas extraction has consistently ranked in the top 10 fastest growing industries in Texas and Louisiana, buoyed largely by oilfield and shale exploration. With the booming industry, hundreds of thousands of workers have been employed in various positions, from the field to the office, and almost all of them are eligible for overtime, whether their employers have paid them for it or not.
In fact, many employees are unaware that they are eligible for overtime. The oil and gas industry has an established track record of using various methods to wrongly keep wages that are owed to their hard-working employees. In many cases, the employee is asked to work off the clock or is intentionally miscategorized as exempt from overtime pay so that the company can benefit from the extra labor.
The experienced wage claim lawyers of Williams Kherkher believe that this kind of treatment is unacceptable, and we believe that it is only fair that the wages you earn end up in your pocket, not your employer’s. If you are an employee in the oil and gas industry and you believe that you may be entitled to unpaid wages, please do not hesitate to contact us at (888) 262-9002.
How Energy Companies Cheat You Out of Earned Wages
“Off the Clock” work — Has your company asked you to travel to the job site, don or doff your gear, or clean equipment, all while off the clock? If so, you may be owed for the time spent performing these tasks.
Day-Rate Labor — Some oil companies simply pay employees a flat “day-rate” for labor performed, which all-too-often results in hours that exceed 40 hours per week. You should receive overtime pay for overtime work, even if you are paid a flat rate. The income you should have earned may be much higher than what is reflected on your paycheck in many of these situations. If this has happened to you, you may be eligible for compensation.
Misclassifying Labor Levels — A common practice that energy companies often employ is the misclassification of workers as salaried employees or as independent contractors. While certain individuals in specific positions may meet these classifications and be exempt from overtime work, a recent report from the Department of Labor (DOL) suggests that the vast majority of oil company workers are eligible for overtime and should not be exempt.
Underreporting Hours — Numerous lawsuits have been filed against oil companies for underreporting hours and changing timecards, practices that are illegal and unethical. If your employer has done either of these things, you should take immediate legal action.
Important Note: It is against federal law for your employer to retaliate against you for filing a wage claim. You are under no obligation to file a lawsuit by contacting us, but you should always investigate whether or not you are being paid the fair wages you have earned.
Oilfield Jobs Commonly Exploited by Energy Companies
The following positions are commonly included in legal actions concerning wage and overtime claims:
- Pipeline Inspectors
- Offshore Inspectors
- Tank Inspectors
- Utility Inspectors
- Mud Loggers
- Truck Drivers
- Field Clerks
- Water Pumpers
- Field Coordinators
This is not an exhaustive list. If you work for an energy company and you suspect that you have not been paid the wages you are owed, it is important to contact an attorney to discuss your claim.
Contact an Oil and Gas Workers Wage Claim Attorney
As any employee in any industry will tell you, hard work should be rewarded. At the very least, you should be properly compensated for any and all time spent on the job. There is no reason, whether through intentional deception or purposeful misclassification, for your employer to keep the wages that you rightfully earned. Contact an experienced wage and overtime claim attorney of Williams Kherkher at (888) 262-9002 if you believe that your employer has failed to pay you for the wages you have earned.