Oil rig inspector alleges Tailing practices illegal overtime pay policy

Kasey Schefflin-Emrich Nov. 27, 2015, 12:40pm


A Texas oil rig inspector is suing a Louisiana-based provider of third party inspections for the oil and gas industry, alleging it failed to provide him and other employees with overtime pay.

Mark York, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, filed a lawsuit Sept. 1 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Tailing, alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, York worked for the defendant as an inspector at an oil rig from November 2012 to March 2014. Despite the FLSA requiring employees be paid time and half for overtime hours worked, York and other inspectors only received straight time pay when they worked more than 40 hours in a given week. York contends he often worked 80 to 100 hours a week.

The plaintiff alleges, in the collective action, Tailing willfully failed to pay overtime compensation to inspectors as it does pay overtime to its in-house hourly staff members such as its secretaries.

York seeks unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated damages, attorney fees, court costs and other relief deemed appropriate by the court. He is represented by attorneys Richard J. (Rex) Burch of Bruckner Burch in Houston, and Michael A. Josephson of  Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs and Josephson, also of Houston.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number: 3:15-cv-00234.

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