Houston oil drilling company ODERCO owes oil field workers thousands in overtime and back wages
A Houston equipment & rig manufacturing company owes Texas workers back wages after misclassifying them as independent contractors. More than 100 Houston employees are affected including welders, fitters, crane operators, painters, mechanics and machinists. Improperly classifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), said Galvin Kennedy, a Houston overtime attorney who has experience representing employees in overtime cases.
Employees of Oilfields Drilling Equipment are NOT REQUIRED TO accept the Department of Labor (DOL) Settlement
Oilfield Drilling Equipment & Rig Co. Inc., doing business as ODERCO Inc., in Houston has agreed to pay $137,788 in back wages for 139 oil field workers who were misclassified as independent contractors and denied overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The company also paid employees "straight-time" wages, rather than time-and-a-half for overtime hours.
ODERCO manufactures oil field drilling and rigging equipment and has locations in Houston, Texas and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The company's Houston location employs welders, fitters, crane operators, painters, mechanics and machinists.
What other options are available?
The Department of Labor often negotiates claims against employers without fully evaluating the strength of each employee's claims. For example, the DOL might reach a settlement that does not include full liquidated damages (double damages) for the employee. Likewise, the DOL might reach a settlement that does not include the entire period of time the violation took place, but only a small window that is covered by the investigation.
We have represented Houston workers who were given the chance to accept a settlement with the DOL, but decided to pursue their own claim with a group of other workers. Those workers often receive substantially more than what the DOL had offered them.
The Department of Labor frequently announces settlements it has obtained for workers who file wage theft complaints with the DOL's Wage and Hour Division. But this agency has thousands of cases and does not have the resources necessary to give each case the individualized attention it deserves. As a result, the DOL settles many cases for much less than what they are worth.
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