Houston Driller Wage Claim Attorneys
Thanks to the backbreaking labor of those on the frontline, the oil and gas industries are flourishing. While these industries are thriving, the field is unfortunately rife with workers who are not getting paid the fair salary they deserve. This discord between the amount of work performed and the amount that workers are paid is due, in part, to conventions in the industry such as flat day-rates, off-the-clock labor, and forgone overtime pay. Drillers are often required to perform work that is gritty and strenuous, some workers even forced to put in 80-hour weeks to meet standards set by their supervisors. Despite the long hours and onerous labor, many appeals for overtime wages are denied.
Denial of overtime wages is a direct violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which requires employees to be paid at a rate of 1.5 times their normal salary if they work more than 40 hours are per week. An exemption from FLSA regulations may exist if a worker has control over their daily activities or is in a managerial position. Contrary to exemption requirements, drillers often perform in accordance with strict schedules and guidelines set by their supervisor—meaning they are required to be paid overtime salary by FLSA standards.
The Houston driller wage claim attorneys at Williams Kherkher believe workers should be paid fairly and proportionately to the work they perform. Our legal team can fight for your right to receive the unpaid wages you rightfully deserve.
Types of Drillers Commonly Underpaid
Oil and gas companies have failed to fairly compensate a variety of their employees. Many times, they justify their refusal of overtime pay by misclassifying worker as “independent contractors” to sidestep FLSA regulations. However, many drillers are being unlawfully underpaid for their work without their knowledge. Driller positions that commonly do not receive the wages they deserve include:
- Measurement While Drilling (MWD)
- Logging While Drilling (LWD)
- Field Service Specialist
- Field Technician
- Directional Driller
With your family’s livelihood on the line, you have the right to fight against unfair wage practices. An adept wage claim attorney can provide an aggressive defense against companies that use underhanded practices to avoid paying fair wages.
Contact a Driller Wage Claim Attorney
If you believe you have not been paid a fair wage or are having wages withheld, contact the wage claim lawyers at Williams Kherkher to discuss the particulars of your case. Our legal team can fight to hold your employer accountable for FLSA violations. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Houston offices at (888) 262-9002 to learn more.