Employees claim they were not paid for 120-hour work weeks

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Feb. 13, 2012, 9:50am


TYLER - An East Texas company is being sued by three employees that claim they were forced to work up to 120 hours in a week without overtime pay.

Claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Josh Pillow, Joseph Gauthier and Jason Cullum filed suit against Frac Tech Services on Feb. 8 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

Pillow, Gauthier and Cullum worked out of Frac Tech Service's Longview office as service supervisors and field engineers. Frac Tech provides hydraulic fracturing services to the oil and gas industry

The men state that they were improperly classified as salaried employees and were made to work far more than 40 hours per week, according to the suit.

The defendant is accused of misclassifying the employees in order to avoid overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The suit alleges Frac Tech required its salaried employees to work 90 or more hours each week.

The defendant is also accused of violating the FLSA by not keeping accurate records of all hours its employees worked.

The employees are asking for an award of damages for back-pay compensation, liquidated damages, interest, attorney's fees and court costs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Josh Sanford of Sanford Law Firm in Little Rock, Ark.

U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis is assigned to the case.

Case No. 6:12-cv-00063

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