We have recently received many inquiries about wage and hour laws from people who working in the natural oil and gas industry. People are often complaining about not being paid what they are owed. This is unfair and illegal. If you have questions about wage and hour laws in Pennsylvania, call Goodrich & Geist.
A huge federal discrepancy over paychecks and overtime in the United States means that many people who work and have worked overtime in the past will be getting much bigger checks in the near future. This is wage and hour issue is expected to be dealt with throughout the summer and into this fall.
Wage and hour lawsuits spread far beyond the oil fields. Wal-Mart, the country's largest employer of private employees (non-federal), was recently crushed with a $188 million order by the PA Supreme Court this week because it failed to give its workers the proper amount of time for meals and breaks. In the class action case titled Braun & Hummel v. Wal-Mart that was first filed in 2002, the lawsuit will encompass the eight years between 1998 and 2006.
Throughout the world, there are people who do not get paid for the work they do. Fortunately for us, we live in the United States and shouldn't have to worry about wage and hour laws. Or so we would think. The truth is that many people in this country are not paid what they are due at the end of each week. The catalysts for this problem are probably the oil and gas industries where workers are grossly underpaid for their work. Employers, however, are smart about getting around paying their employees by "classifying" them wrong, or arguing that a worker took fifty hours to do a forty hour job, or not paying them for travel time or training time.
Recently, we have been posting blogs on the subject of wage and hour laws. There are tens of thousands of workers in the United States today who aren't being paid what they are due for their time and hard work. It happens across the board, but it is most prevalent in the gas and oil industries, where workers are collectively missing out on millions of dollars that they should otherwise being getting paid for the work they are doing.
Wage and hour class action and individual lawsuits have been popping up all over the country of late. This is especially true in the oil and gas industry, where people who work as pumpers, drivers, and oilfield engineers are being grossly underpaid by their employers. There are several types of ways employers classify their employees so as to pay them. Some are considered "day rate" employees, which we have covered in other blog posts. Today, we're going to talk about how independent contractors are commonly unpaid and underpaid by employers. People who feel that they've been underpaid or unpaid by an employer will need an experienced wage and hour attorney to be their advocate.
Employers from around the country in all types of lines of work are being subjected to salary and hourly work class action claims for unpaid and underpaid employees' wages. The oil and gas industry may be the worst, leading all other industries is unpaid wages. It's truly an epidemic in states where fracking is all the rage, such as Texas and here in Pennsylvania. And workers are coming together to protest in the form of wage and hour lawsuits that hit gas and oil companies where it matters to them most--in their wallets.