Three Things Oil and Gas Field Workers Need to Know about Employee Misclassification and Unpaid Overtime

Field workers in the oil and gas industry, including tool pushers, mud engineers, field technicians, and others, often don’t understand their rights when it comes to unpaid overtime hours. In many instances, oil and gas companies have misclassified employees or improperly calculated overtime hours, and the employees are unaware that they are not being paid in accordance with federal labor laws. 

If you are an oil and gas field worker, here are three important things you should know about unpaid overtime:

  • You may be eligible to receive overtime, even if you are paid a salary. Many oil & gas field workers believe that they are not owed overtime pay because they receive a salary. However, in many cases, your employer is still required to pay you time and half for any hours you work over 40 each week—even if you are paid a salary, per day, or per job. 
  • Your job title does not dictate your overtime exemption status—your actual day-to-job duties do. Some oil and gas employers attempt to avoid paying overtime by handing out fancy, new job titles in order to exempt employees from overtime pay. In reality, a new job title alone does not change your exemption status. If you suspect this has happened to you, please reach out to an experienced Texas overtime attorney as soon as possible for a free case review. 
  • You should be appropriately compensated for the time you spend on the job. If you are not paid for your daily travel time between jobsites, or if you end up performing job duties before you clock in or after you clock out, you may be owed unpaid wages and overtime.  

If you believe that you are owed unpaid overtime, or if you have questions about your overtime exemption status in the oil and gas industry, please reach out to an experienced Texas overtime attorney today. Just give us a call at 888-449-2068 to receive a completely free, no-obligation case review and to learn more about your rights.