On December 24, 2012, oil and gas field workers for Nabors Drilling filed a collective action lawsuit, with the help of Kennedy Hodges, LLP, against the company for not paying them for overtime they worked. The employees claim that the company failed to provide compensation at the correct rate for hours that were worked above the typical 40-hour work week, resulting in wage violation.
How Nabors Drilling Failed to Treat Its Employees Fairly
The oil and gas field workers who filed the lawsuit are hourly paid employees who monitor oil and gas wells, provide manual labor, and order parts for the company. Along with receiving hourly pay, the employees were also given three different types of bonuses: “bottom hole” bonuses, safety bonuses, and performance bonuses.
The wage violation in this case occurs in how overtime premiums are calculated. Nabors Drilling calculated the value of overtime strictly on the employees’ base pay, and did not include the bonuses the employees receive. By intentionally leaving out this bonus pay, Nabors Drilling lowered the base pay rate of its employees, meaning it didn’t have to pay as much overtime as it actually should.
How Nabors Drilling Is in Violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) mandates that all wage payments, including bonuses, are included when calculating the federally mandated overtime rate of time and a half. Nabors Drilling neglected to add bonuses into its overtime premium calculations and is therefore clearly in violation of the FLSA rule.
How Kennedy Hodges, LLP, Aims to Fight for the Victims
With the help of Kennedy Hodges, LLP, the employees of the Nabors Drilling are seeking back pay for all hours worked over 40 in a week at the proper overtime rate, in addition to court costs, attorney fees, and liquidated damages for the past three years.
Employees who feel they’ve experienced the same injustice from Nabors Drilling are urged to contact Kennedy Hodges, LLP, to join the lawsuit. We are attempting to obtain collective action certification under the FLSA, and if it is granted, all other similarly situated employees may be able to receive unpaid overtime and minimum wage compensation.
It is important to note that a federal statute of limitations is in place for this lawsuit, which means that those who are involved in the lawsuit can seek to obtain pay for overtime hours worked within two years of joining the lawsuit. If we can prove that Nabors Drilling willfully violated the law, the statute of limitations timeframe may be extended to three years.
Do You Believe You Are Owed Pay for Overtime Worked?
Kennedy Hodges, LLP, wants to help any Nabors Drilling employees who believe they are owed unpaid overtime. We are handling this case on a contingency base, meaning we will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief either through a settlement or final judgment, and that payment will only come out of that final judgment or settlement. If we are unable to recover compensation for you, you will owe us nothing. We handle all of the case expenses and only expect payment if we are able to receive money for the employees.
Employer retaliation is illegal and a matter that our team takes very seriously. If you currently work for Nabors Drilling and are the victim of retaliation because of your involvement in the lawsuit, we urge you to tell us immediately so that we can protect you.
If you wish to get started on attempting to receive the compensation you are entitled to, give the law offices of Kennedy Hodges a call today at 888-449-2069. We will work hard to get you the justice you deserve and will answer any questions you may have along the way. Don’t trust Nabors Drilling to give you the compensation you are entitled to—allow us to fight for you, instead.