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Former worker alleges Houston Inspection Field Services misclassified him as independent contractor


By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 22, 2019

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GALVESTON – A Utah man alleges his former pipeline inspection services employer denied him overtime wages.

Bryce Cornell, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Dec. 28 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Houston Inspection Field Services alleging that the pipeline inspection service provider violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between May 2016 and December 2016, he regularly worked more than 40 hours a week for the defendant without receiving any overtime wages for those extra hours.

The plaintiff holds Houston Inspection Field Services responsible because the defendant allegedly misclassified him and all other similarly situated workers as independent contractors and denied them overtime wages.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order designating this action as a collective action and award for all unpaid overtime compensation and liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses and such other and further relief as may be necessary and appropriate. He is represented by Don J. Foty of Kennedy Hodges LLP in Houston.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 3:18-cv-00446

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