Dan Harkins Jul. 24, 2015, 1:11pm


A group of former workers for a well service company is suing the company, alleging it never awarded them overtime pay they say they deserve.

Jeremy Crumpler, Chance Lopez, Ethan Durnell, individually and on behalf of similarly situated persons, filed a class action lawsuit July 21 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Champion Well Service in Palestine, and B. Kurt Herrington, as agent for the company.

According to the complaint, Crumpler was employed by the defendants as an operator from September 2013 to May 2015, Lopez worked for Champion as a lead operator from September 2013 to March 2014, and Durnell worked for Champion as an operator from September 2013 to February 2015. During these times, the lawsuit states, the plaintiffs regularly worked more than 40 hours a week--often as many as 80 hours a week.

However, the defendants never paid for any of this overtime, the lawsuit states, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the lawsuit states.

The plaintiffs seek for the court to establish the case as an official class action and award damages to compensate them for the overtime they worked during their employment, liquidated damages, attorney fees and court costs. They are represented by attorney Josef F. Buenker of Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:15-cv-02099.

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