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Overtime Wage Claims for Oil and Gas Workers

The advent of hydraulic fracturing technology, better known as “fracking”, has led to an unprecedented boom in oil and natural gas exploration. Employment opportunities, ranging from tool operators to truck drivers, have sprung up across the country. The downside to this technological innovation has been that many oil field employees must work well over 40 hours per week to keep up with their employers’ demands. When these workers do not receive adequate overtime compensation, they are entitled to file overtime wage claims to recover their lost wages.

Legal Grounds for Overtime Wage Claims

In many cases, the oil companies pay their workers based on “straight time”, without consideration for how many hours they have worked that week. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that non-exempt oil field workers receive time-and-a-half for every hour worked over the 40-hour work week limit. Employees who understand that they are entitled to time-and-a-half can file an overtime wage claim to regain the compensation the employers owe them. These overtime wage claims can also include travel time, per diem payments, truck pay and other forms of compensation.

Oil Companies Disguise Criteria for Overtime Wage Claims

Some workers may be confused about if they can file an overtime wage claim. Employers can take advantage of this confusion by making them believe that their compensation structure does not entitle them to make an overtime wage claim. Some employers may claim that independent contractors are not entitled to overtime, while others will state that the job title or salary structure exempts them from overtime compensation. The FLSA dictates that an employee’s job duties, not their title or compensation structure, determines which employees are eligible for overtime pay.

Eagle Ford Shale Counties Where Workers Can File Overtime Wage Claims

In Texas, many workers in the Eagle Ford Shale region can file for overtime wage claims. The counties in the Eagle Ford Shale region include:

  • Atascosa County
  • Austin County
  • Bastrop County
  • Bee County
  • Brazos County
  • Burleson County
  • Colorado County
  • DeWitt County
  • Dimmit County
  • Duval County
  • Fayette County
  • Frio County
  • Goliad County
  • Gonzales County
  • Grimes County
  • Karnes County
  • La Salle County
  • Lavaca County
  • Lee County
  • Leon County
  • Live Oak County
  • Madison County
  • Maverick County
  • McMullen County
  • Milam County
  • Robertson County
  • Washington County
  • Webb County
  • Wilson County
  • Zavala County

Jobs That Qualify For Overtime Wage Claims

Nearly every type of oil field worker can qualify for an overtime wage claim. These jobs include:

  • Crane Operators
  • Coil Tubing Operators
  • Compressor Operators
  • Derrick Hands
  • Draftsmen
  • Drivers and Transporters
  • Electricians
  • Equipment Operators
  • Field Engineers
  • Fluid Technicians
  • GIS Specialists
  • Grease Operators
  • Leasehands
  • Mechanics
  • Mud Engineers
  • Mud Logging Technicians
  • MWD Field Engineers, LWDs and Directional Drillers
  • Pipeline Inspectors
  • Production Foremen
  • Roustabouts
  • Sand Coordinators
  • Solids Control Operators
  • Surveyors
  • Tankermen
  • Tool Operators
  • Wireline Operators
  • And Many More

Know Your Rights in an Overtime Wage Claim Lawsuit

To find out how we can help you with an overtime wage claim lawsuit, contact us today at 1-855-877-7455. Our friendly staff will ask a few questions about your case and connect you to an overtime wage claim lawsuit attorney. You can also fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form at the top of this page.