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Water ops coordinator alleges oilfield operator failed to pay overtime

By The SE Texas Record | Jun 27, 2016

HOUSTON — A water ops coordinator is suing his an oilfield operator, alleging failure to pay overtime wages.

Derrick Gabrielson filed a class action lawsuit, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, June 24, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against EOG Resources, Inc. alleging failure to comply with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, between November 2013 and June 2015,  Gabrielson regularly worked for 12-hour shifts seven days a week as a water ops coordinator but never received overtime premium for all hours worked more than 40 hours in a single week. The plaintiff alleges EOG paid him at a daily rate with no overtime compensation and improperly classified him as an independent contractor.

Gabrielson seeks a trial by jury, an order allowing this action to proceed as a collective action under the FLSA, unpaid back wages, legal costs, attorney fees, pre- and post-judgment interest and such other relief as is necessary and appropriate. He is represented by attorneys Michael A. Josephson, Lindsay R. Itkin, Andrew W. Dunlap and Jessica M. Bresler of Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson in Houston, and Richard J. (Rex) Burch of Bruckner Burch PLLC in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:16-cv-01826

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