Editors note. Aescit contacted the Record and submitted the following statement:
"A complaint filed on June 12th in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Aescit Corp., Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. and McDermott Inc. was found to be completely unfounded. There was never a violation of Fair Labor Standards Act by Aescit Corp., Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. or McDermott Inc. Their personnel and contractors were paid in accordance with their contracts, and in some cases, were even over paid.
"Do to the overwhelming evidence showing the case to be false, the complaint filed on June 12th was withdrawn before a formal legal reply to the complaint was required.
"The case turned out to be yet another example of the frivolous lawsuits that ultimately hurt American industry and American workers. The legal system has an important role in American history and current society, but when it is misused and misappropriated, whether in accident or with deliberate intent, it only slows the growth of American industry, as well as erodes the ethical fiber of the Country.
"Aescit Corp., Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. and McDermott Inc. are examples of companies that operate with integrity, high regard for people, and care for the environment."
BEAUMONT – Several Jefferson County residents allege that they have not been paid for their work on a construction project.
Joel Echevarria, et al., individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on June 12 in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Aescit Corp., Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. and McDermott Inc. alleging that they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs were contacted and recruited by Aescit to work on the Cameron Liquefied Natural Gas Project. The suit states Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. and McDermott Inc. were contractors on the project.
The plaintiffs allege they have not been paid their wages, per diem and safety bonuses.
The plaintiffs holds Aescit Corp., Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. and McDermott Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed and refused to pay plaintiffs straight time and overtime wages for all hours they worked.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek an order certifying this matter as a collective action and appointing plaintiffs and their attorneys to represent the class, award for unpaid wages and overtime wages, liquidated damages, legal fees, costs and expenses and such other lawful and equitable relief. They are represented by Mark Frasher of Reaud, Morgan & Quinn LLP in Beaumont.
Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 1:18-cv-00283-MAC