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MWDs Often Denied The Overtime Wages The Are Legally Owed

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The massive and complex oil and gas industry involves tens of thousands of workers in different capacities. Among the oilfield employees, MWDs perform the pivotal role of providing real time information while drilling.

Among other oilfield workers, MWDs are often denied overtime pay the most. Even though most work more than 84 hours a week, they are only paid a salary and a day rate without any overtime compensation This common practice denies them from receiving tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages each year. In most cases, the failure to pay MWDs overtime compensation violates the federal labor laws outlined in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA, most oilfield workers, including MWDs, are overtime eligible.

Misclassified MWDs Owed Back Wages

MWDs who have been denied their rightful overtime pay can seek compensation for back wages owed to them. Even if your employer has corrected your classification or your pay rate and is now paying you correctly for overtime, you could still be owed wages for the time during which it was denied. The statute of limitations regarding wage claims only allows workers to seek unpaid wages for the past three years in most cases. This makes it imperative for MWDs to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to see if they are owed unpaid overtime wages, and to avoid continuing to lose back wages, day by day. Even worse, MWDs who don’t make a timely claim for unpaid wages risk allowing their employers to keep their hard-earned wages and penalties.

Lawyers for MWDs

The attorneys of Josephson Dunlap LLP have helped hundreds of MWDs seek compensation for employee misclassification and the wrongful denial of overtime pay. We know exactly how to take on large corporations on behalf of oilfield workers, and we want to help you receive the wages that you rightfully deserve. Contact us today to enlist the services of an attorney who has the specific experience to successfully guide you through the process ahead.

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