Robbie Hargett Nov. 19, 2015, 12:21pm


Two oilfield workers are suing a Houston oil drilling company, alleging it did not correctly pay overtime wages.

Randy Adams of Pennsylvania and Mitchell Van Nest of Idaho, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, filed a collective and class action lawsuit Nov. 6 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Patterson-UTI Drilling Company, alleging violations to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act, and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.

The suit states that while the plaintiffs worked for Patterson-UTI as oilfield workers, they regularly worked more than 40 hours per week and were paid an hourly rate and additional remuneration. The suit alleges Patterson-UTI did not pay the plaintiffs time-and-a-half for hours worked more than 40 hours per week because the company failed to include all remuneration in calculating regular rate of pay.

Adams, Van Nest and others in the collective and class seek to recover back overtime wages, liquidated damages, legal fees, costs and post-judgment interest. They are represented by attorneys Allen R. Vaught, Ryan J. Burton and Melinda Arbuckle of Baron & Budd in Dallas.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:15-cv-03291.

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