HOUSTON – A former drilling consultant for an independent oil producer alleges he was misclassified as an independent contractor and is owed unpaid wages.

Ronnie Cherry, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated filed a complaint on Aug. 15 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Continental Resources Inc. and Sierra Hamilton LLC alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he was classified as an independent contractor while working for the defendants and was paid on a day-rate basis. The plaintiff holds Continental Resources Inc. and Sierra Hamilton LLC responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to pay him overtime wages.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses and such other and further relief. He is represented by Michael A. Josephson, Andrew W. Dunlap and Lindsay R. Itkin of Josephson Dunlap in Houston and Richard J. (Rex) Burch of Bruckner Burch PLLC in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:17-cv-02502

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