Energy company to pay oil field workers $750K in back wages
Posted September 15, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced on September 8 that a California energy company will pay 750 oil and gas workers more than $750,000 in overtime back wages and an equal, additional amount in damages to the affected workers.
An investigation by the division found that the company violated overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when it failed to pay hourly field operators for the hours they worked during mandatory pre-shift relief meetings, where they turned over their duties to employees on the next shift.
The investigation also identified recordkeeping violations; the company failed to accurately record the number of hours employees worked.
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