Investigations

Casual Dining/Chain Restaurants

  • How may employers in the casual dining/chain restaurant industry be breaking wage and hour laws?
    • Failing to pay correct overtime and or minimum wage rates;
    • Failing to give proper tip credit notification;
    • Assigning non-tipped work (cooking, cleaning and maintenance) to tipped employees;
    • Distributing tips to ineligible employees;
    • Failing to pay overtime to salaried assistant managers; 
    • Improper deductions.
  • What positions may be affected?

    Servers, bartenders, runners, barbacks, assistant managers, cooks and kitchen crew may all have claims.

  • What is a casual dining restaurant?

    A few examples of casual dining/chain restaurants are:
    A&W Restaurants, Applebee's, Au Bon Pain, Baja Fresh, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Cafe Rio, California Tortilla, Charley's Grilled Subs, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Chicken Out Rotisserie, Chili's, Chipotle Mexican Grill, CiCi's Pizza, Corner Bakery Café, Cosi, Daphne's Greek Café, Denny's, Donatos Pizza, Dunkin' Donuts, El Pollo Loco, El Taco Tote, Fatburger, Fazoli's, Firehouse Subs, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Freebirds, Friendly's, Fuddruckers, IHOP, Jason's Deli, Jimmy John's, Jerry's Subs & Pizza, McAlister's Deli, McDonald's, Moe's Southwest Grill, Nathan's, Noodles & Company, Panda Express, Panera Bread, Penn Station, Perkins, Pick Up Stix, Pizza Hut, Pollo Campero, Portillo's, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Rax, Red Robin, Red Lobster, Round Table Pizza, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, Ruby Tuesday, Rumbi Island Grill, Skyline Chili, Sbarro, Shake Shack, Smashburger, Spicy Pickle, Starbucks, Steak 'n Shake, Sticky Fingers, Subway, T.G.I. Friday's,Taco Bell, Taco John's, Tijuana Flats, Tim Hortons, Wendy's, White Castle, Wingstop

Banks and Financial Institutions

  • How may employers in the Bank and Financial institutions industry be breaking wage and hour laws?
    • Failing to pay overtime to salaried employees;
    • Failure to include commissions in overtime calculations.
  • What positions may be affected?

    Analysts, specialists, operations analysts, relationship bankers, personal bankers, loan officers, customer service representatives, account managers, assistant branch managers and IT personnel may all have claims.

  • Who are some of the largest Bank or Financial institutions?

    A few examples of banks and financial institutions are:
    JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, TD Bank, Bank of America, Santander, E*TRADE Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Wachovia Bank, Citibank, Wells Fargo Bank, Harris National Association, Washington Mutual Bank, The Bank of New York, SunTrust Bank, Chase Bank USA, U.S. Bank, Marshall and Ilsley Bank, Regions Bank, TD BankNorth, Branch Banking and Trust Company, Fifth Third Bank, National City Bank, USAA Federal Savings Bank, HSBC Bank USA, World Savings Bank, The Huntington National Bank, Countrywide Bank, PNC Bank, LaSalle Bank Midwest, Keybank, Compass Bank, ING Bank, First Tennessee Bank, Merrill Lynch Bank,Charter One Bank, Sovereign Bank, Capital One, Comerica Bank, Discover Bank, Union Bank of California, UBSBank, Commerce Bank, Morgan Stanley Bank, North Fork Bank, Colonial Bank, National Association, Fifth Third Bank, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, LaSalle Bank National Association

Oil and Gas Industry

  • How may employers in the oil and gas industry be breaking wage and hour laws?
    • Failing to pay overtime to day rate workers;
    • Failing to pay overtime to salaried employees;
    • Failing to pay overtime to misclassified independent contractors.
  • What positions may be affected?

    Base Operator, Flow Back Operator, Pipeline Inspectors, Drillers, Field Specialists, Field Engineers, Field Operators, Field Coordinators, and Tool Pushers may all have claims.

  • A few examples of oil and gas companies operating in the United States are:

    A.I.S. Resources Limited, AAN Ventures Inc., ABAN OFFSHORE LIMITED, Abbot Group Limited, Abington Resources Ltd., Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Activa Resources AG, Addax Petroleum Corporation, Advanced Voice Recognition Systems, Inc., Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd., Aera Energy LLC, Afren PLC, AKITA Drilling Ltd., Alston Energy Inc., Alta Mesa Holdings, LP, AltaCanada Energy Corp., American Liberty Petroleum Corp., American Natural Energy Corporation, American Oil & Gas, Inc., Amerisur Resources PLC, Aminex PLC, Anadarko Algeria Company, LLC, Anderson Energy, ANDES ENERGIA PLC, ANTARES ENERGY LIMITED, Antero Resources, Antrim Energy Inc., Apache North Sea Limited, Approach Resources Inc. Arawak Energy (U.K.) Limited, ARC Resources Ltd., Archer Limited, Arkanova Energy Corporation, ASCENT RESOURCES PLC, Asherxino Corporation, Aspen Group Resources Corporation, Athabasca Oil Sands Corporation, Atwood Oceanics, Inc., AURORA OIL & GAS LIMITED, Australian-Canadian Oil Royalties Ltd., Avalon Oil & Gas, Inc., Avenue Group, Inc., Avro Energy Inc., Aztec Oil & Gas Inc., Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs, Bankers Petroleum Ltd., Belden & Blake Corporation, Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., BG Group plc, Big Sky Energy Corporation, Bill Barrett Corporation, Birchcliff Energy Ltd., Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc., BlackPearl Resources Inc., Blue Ridge Group, Inc., Bonavista Energy Corporation, Bonterra Energy Corp., BORDERS & SOUTHERN PETROLEUM PLC, BP Exploration Operating Company Limited, BP NGL, BPZ Resources, Inc., BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P., Brenham Oil & Gas Corp., Bridge Energy ASA, Bridge Resources Corp., BUCCANEER ENERGY LIMITED, Bucking Horse Energy Inc., BURU ENERGY LIMITED, Butte Energy Inc., Cactus Drilling Company, LLC, Caerus Oil and Gas LLC, Cairn Energy PLC, CAIRN INDIA LIMITED, Calvalley Petroleum Inc., CAMAC International Corporation, Canadian Oil Sands Limited, Canadian Spirit Resources Inc., Canadian Utilities Limited, Cano Petroleum, Inc.,Carbon Natural Gas Company, Caucasus Oil AB (Publ), Celtic Exploration Ltd., Cenovus Energy Inc., Central Energy Partners L.P., Century Energy Ltd., Cequence Energy Ltd., Chaparral Energy, L.L.C., Cheniere Energy, Inc., Chevron United Kingdom Limited, China National Offshore Oil Corp., China National Petroleum Corporation, China North East Petroleum Holdings Limited, Chinook Energy Inc., Chugach Alaska Corporation, Cinco Resources, Inc., CIRCLE OIL PLC, Citation Oil & Gas Corp., CityView Corporation Limited, CNOOC Limited, CNX Gas Corporation, Cobra Venture Corporation, Commodity Quest AB (Publ), COMPAÑIA ARGENTINA DE COMODORO RIVADAVIA EXPLOTACION DE PETROLEO, Compton Petroleum Corporation, Concho Resources Inc., CONFIDENCE PETROLEUM INDIA LIMITED, Connacher Oil and Gas Limited, ConocoPhillips, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., CONQUEST PETROLEUM INCORPORATED, Consolidated Beacon Resources Ltd., Constellation Energy Partners LLC, Corridor Resources Inc., Crescent Point Energy Corp., Crestwood Midstream Partners LP [CMLP], Crew Energy Inc., Cross Border Resources, Inc., Cross Timbers Royalty Trust, Crown Energy AB, Crudecorp ASA, Crusader Energy Group LLC, Curlew Lake Resources Inc., Cygam Energy Inc., Dakota Gasification Company, Dana Petroleum PLC,Deep Well Oil & Gas, Inc., DEO Petroleum plc, Derek Oil & Gas Corporation, Desire Petroleum Plc, Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.,Diaz Resources Ltd., Dno International ASA, Dolphin Drilling A/S, Doxa Energy Ltd., Dragon Oil plc, DRILL TORQUE LIMITED, Duma Energy Corp., Dundee Energy Limited, Dune Energy, Inc., Dynamic Offshore Resources, LLC, Earthstone Energy, Inc., EastSiberian Plc, Eco-Trade Corporation, Eden Energy Corp.,EGDON RESOURCES PLC, EGPI Firecreek, Inc., Ellora Energy Inc., Emerald Energy Plc, Empire Energy Corporation International, EMPYREAN ENERGY PLC, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., Encore Energy Partners LP, Endomines AB (Publ), Energy & Exploration Partners, Inc., Energy Corporation of America, Energy Fuels Inc., ENERGY WORLD CORPORATION LTD, Energy XXI Ltd., EnerJex Resources, Inc., Enerplus Corporation, EnerVest, Ltd., EnQuest PLC, Ensco plc, Enseco Energy Services Corp., Ensign Energy Services Inc., Ensign United States Drilling Inc., EP Energy Corporation, EQT Production, Ergon, Inc., ESSAR OIL LIMITED, EV Energy Partners, L.P., EXCO Resources, Exterran Partners,  Exillon Energy plc, Exploration Drilling, FairWest Energy Corporation, Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd., FALKLAND OIL & GAS LTD, Faroe Petroleum plc, First Mountain Exploration Ltd., Fortress Energy Inc., FORUM ENERGY PLC, FREEDOM PETROLEUM, INC., Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC, FRONTIER RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL PLC, FX Energy, Inc., Gale Force Petroleum Inc., Gasco Energy, Inc., GASFRAC Energy Services Inc., GASOL PLC, GeoMet, Inc.,Georox Resources Inc., Glen Rose Petroleum Corporation, Global Energy Development PLC, Global Oil & Gas AG, Goldnev Resources Inc., Goodrich Petroleum, Grid Petroleum Corp., Guardian Exploration Inc., Habanero Resources Inc., Halcon Resources Corporation, Harbison-Fischer Manufacturing Company, Hardy Oil and Gas plc, Heartland Oil and Gas Company, Hellix Ventures Inc., Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., Helmerich & Payne, Inc.Hercules Offshore, Inc., Heritage Oil PLC, Hess Limited, High Arctic Energy Services Inc., Hilcorp Energy Company, HINDUSTAN OIL EXPLORATION COMPANY LIMITED, Holloman Energy Corporation, Howard Energy Corp., Hugoton Royalty Trust,Hunt Consolidated Inc., Hunt Global Resources, Inc., Hunt Oil Company, Husky Energy Inc., Hyperdynamics Corporation, IGAS ENERGY PLC, Imperial Petroleum, Inc., INDUS GAS LTD, Infinity Energy Resources, Inc., INFRASTRATA PLC, INPEX Corporation, Insignia Energy Ltd., INTERLINK PETROLEUM LIMITED, Interoil Exploration and Production ASA, IONA Energy Inc., Ivanhoe Energy Inc., J-W Operating Company, JAPAN DRILLING CO. LTD., Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd., Jayhawk Energy, Inc., JKX Oil & Gas plc, John D. Oil and Gas Company, Jura Energy Corporation, Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, KANTO NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD., KCA DEUTAG Drilling Limited, Key Energy Services, Inc.,KINETIKO ENERGY LTD., Kingsland Energy Corp., Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp., Korea National Oil Corporation, KunLun Energy Company Limited, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, LANSDOWNE OIL & GAS PLC, Legacy Oil + Gas Inc., Legacy Reserves LP,LENI GAS & OIL PLC, Lightstream Resources Ltd., Linn Energy, LION ENERGY LIMITED, LiteWave Corp., Long Run Exploration Ltd., LRR Energy, Luca Technologies Inc., Lundin Petroleum AB, Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation,  Manas Petroleum Corporation, Marathon Oil UK Ltd., MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P., Marubeni Corporation, Mass Petroleum Inc., Mediashift Inc., MEDITERRANEAN OIL & GAS PLC., MEG Energy Corp., Melrose Resources plc, MEO AUSTRALIA LIMITED, Merit Energy Company, LLC, Metalore Resources Limited, MIE Holdings Corporation, Minerco Resources, Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation, MOLOPO ENERGY LIMITED, Montello Resources Ltd., Monument Resources, Inc., Mooncor Oil and Gas Corp., Murphy Exploration & Production Company – International, Murphy Exploration & Production Company – USA, Mustang Fuel Corporation, MV Oil Trust, Maersk Oil and Gas AS, Nabors Drilling USA, L.P., Nabors Industries Ltd., Nabors Well Services Co., NAL Energy Corporation, National Iranian Oil Company, National Oil Corporation, New Source Energy Corporation, New Source Energy Partners L.P., New Western Energy Corp., Nexen Inc., NGAS Resources, Inc., Nicklos Drilling Company, NIGHTHAWK ENERGY PLC, Niko Resources Ltd., Noble Corporation, Noble Drilling Services Inc., North Energy ASA, Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.,  NORTHERN PETROLEUM PLC, Norwegian Energy Company ASA, NuVista Energy Ltd., NXT Energy Solutions Inc., Nytex Energy Holdings, Inc., OAO Gazprom, OAO NOVATEK, OAO Rosneft Oil Company, OAO Tatneft, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation, Occidental Permian, Ltd., Octagon 88 Resources, Inc., OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes S.A., Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Oil and Gas Development Company Limited, OIL INDIA LIMITED, Oil Search Limited, One World Investments Inc., Ophir Energy plc, Pace Oil & Gas Ltd., Pacific Coast Oil Trust, Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp., Pan Andean Resources PLC, PAN PACIFIC PETROLEUM N L, Par Petroleum Corporation, Parallel Petroleum Corporation, Paramount Resources Ltd., Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc., Pavilion Energy Resources, Inc., Peak Energy Services Ltd., PEAK OIL & GAS LIMITED, Pegasi Energy Resources Corporation, Pengrowth Energy Corporation, Penn West Petroleum Ltd., Perpetual Energy Inc., Perusahaan Pertambangan Minyak Dan Gas Bumi Negara, Petrel Resources Plc, Petro One Energy Corp., Petro River Oil Corp., Petro-Hunt, L.L.C., Petrobras America Inc., Petroceltic International plc, Petrohawk Energy Corporation, PetroKazakhstan Inc., Petroleos Mexicanos, Petrominerales Ltd., Petsec Energy Ltd.,  Peyto Exploration & Development Corp., Phoenix Canada Oil Company Limited, Phoenix Technology Income Fund, Pinnacle Gas Resources, Inc., Pioneer Energy Services Corp., Pioneer Oil and Gas, Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners L.P., PostRock Energy Corporation, Precision Drilling Trust, Unit Corporation, Premier Oil plc,  President Petroleum Company PLC, Prince Resource Corporation, Progress Energy Resources Corp., PROVIDENCE RESOURCES PLC, Providence Resources, Inc., Qatar Petroleum, QGOG Constellation S.A., Questerre Energy Corporation, Quicksilver Production Partners LP, QUORAM PLC, Raimount Energy Inc., Rancher Energy Corp., Rangeford Resources Inc., RAWSON RESOURCES LIMITED, Red Mountain Resources Inc., REDCLIFFE RESOURCES LIMITED, Regal Petroleum plc, Resolute Energy Corporation, REVATHI EQUIPMENT LIMITED, Rex Energy Corporation, Ria Resources Corp., Rio Bravo Oil, Inc., Roc Oil Company Limited, Rock Energy Inc., Rock Energy Resources, Inc.,Rocksource ASA, Rocky Old Man Energy Inc., RONGTAI INTERNATIONAL GROUP HOLDINGS LTD, Rowan Companies, Inc., ROXI PETROLEUM PLC, Ruspetro PLC, RWE-DEA AG, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., Salamander Energy plc, Samson Investment Company, Samson Oil and Gas Limited, Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, Sanchez Energy, SandRidge Energy, Inc., Santa Fe Petroleum, Inc, Santonia Energy Inc., Santos Ltd., Saudi Arabian Oil Co., Sauer Energy, Inc., Savoy Energy Corporation, Saxon Energy Services Inc., Seadrill Limited, Seadrill Partners LLC, SeaEnergy PLC, Sears Oil and Gas Corporation, Sefton Resources, Inc., Seneca Resources Corporation, Serica Energy plc, Seventy Seven Energy Inc., Sharon Energy Ltd., Siberian Energy Group Inc., SilverWillow Energy Corporation, SinoTech Energy Limited, SOCO International plc, Softrock Minerals Ltd., Sonde Resources Corp., Sonoro Energy Ltd., SOUND OIL PLC, Sperry Drilling Services, Standard Energy Corporation, Statesman Resources Ltd., Sterling Energy Plc, Sterling Resources Ltd., Stetson Oil & Gas Ltd., Strata Oil & Gas Inc., Stratex Oil & Gas Holdings, Inc., Sun River Energy, Inc., Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Surge Energy Inc., Surge Global Energy, Inc., Surgutneftegaz OAO, Sword Energy Inc., Syncrude Canada Ltd., TAQA North Ltd., Terra Nova Enegry Ltd., TETRA Technologies, Texalta Petroleum Ltd., Texas American Resources Company, THE NEW ZEALAND REFINING COMPANY LIMITED, The Parkmead Group plc, Three Rivers Operating Company LLC, THUMS Long Beach Company, Tn-K Energy Group Inc., Torque Energy Inc., Total E&P Joslyn Ltd., Total Energy Services Inc., TOTAL GABON, Tourmaline Oil Corp., TRAFINA Energy Ltd., Trans Energy, Inc., TransAmerican Energy Inc., TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd., Transocean Ltd., Treaty Energy Corporation,Trek Resources, Inc., Tri-Valley Corporation, Tribute Resources Inc., Trident Resources Corp., Trilogy Energy Corp., Trinidad Drilling Ltd., TriOil Resources Ltd., Triple 8 Energy Ltd., Trivello Energy Corp., Tullow Oil plc, Tuscany Energy Ltd., Twin Butte Energy Ltd., TXO plc, UMC ENERGY PLC, Unit Corporation,United Energy Group Limited, Urals Energy Public Limited Company, US Natural Gas Corp., Ute Energy Upstream Holdings LLC, Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC, Vantage Drilling Company Venoco, Inc., Vero Energy Inc., Voc Energy Trust, VOLGA GAS PLC, W&T Offshore, Inc., Waldron Energy Corporation, Warren Resources, WESSEX EXPLORATION PLC, Westbridge Energy Corporation, Western Canada Energy Ltd., Western States International, Inc., Westmont Resources Inc., Whitecap Resources Inc., Whiting Petroleum Corporation, Whiting USA Trust,Windsor Energy Resources, Inc., Winstar Resources, Ltd., Wintershall Holding AG, Woburn Energy plc, Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Worthington Energy, Inc., WPX Energy, Inc. XTO Energy Inc., Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services Corp., XXL Energy Corp.,Yangarra Resources Ltd.,Yingde Gases Group Company Limited, Yoho Resources Inc.,ZaZa Energy Corporation,  ZETA PETROLEUM PLC, Zhaikmunai TOO

Retail

  • How may employers in retail stores be breaking wage and hour laws?
    • Failing to pay overtime to assistant managers.
    • Failing to pay overtime to sales people.
  • What positions may be affected?

    Assistant Store Managers and Sales Representatives may all have claims

  • A few examples of retail companies are:

    Best Buy, PC Richard, Victoria’s Secret, Walmart, American Eagle, Aeropostale, Anthropologie, Abercrombie & Fitch, Wal-Mart, The Kroger Company, Costco, Walgreens, Home Depot, Target, CVS Caremark, Best Buy, Lowe's, Safeway, Sears Holdings, SuperValu, Publix, Macy's, Rite Aid,TJX, Kohl's, H.E. Butt Grocery Company, JC Penney, Staples, Dollar General, The Gap, Meijer, Apple Retail, Toys 'R Us, Dell, BJ's Wholesale Club, Nordstrom, Limited Brands, Whole Foods Market, Marshall’s, TJMaxx, H&M, Forever21, Zara,

Call Center Employees

Independent Contractors

Truck Drivers

  • How may employers in the Trucking industry be breaking wage and hour laws?

    Failing to pay overtime to those driving vehicles less than 10,000 pounds

  • What positions may be affected?

    Truck Drivers

  • Who are some of the country’s largest trucking / transportation companies?

    A few examples of trucking and transport companies are:
    UPS Inc., FedEx Corp., J.B. Hunt Transport Services, YRC Worldwide, Swift Transportation, Schneider, Hub Group, TransForce Inc., Landstar System, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions, Old Dominion Freight Line, ArcBest Corp., Werner Enterprises, Sirva Inc., Estes Express Lines, UniGroup Inc., U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Purolator, Inc., C.R. England Inc., Canada Cartage System, Mullen Group, TransX Group, The Suddath Cos., Bison Transport, Mercer Transportation, Western Express, Shevell Group, Daseke Inc., Pitt Ohio, Dart Transit Co., Groupe Robert, P.A.M. Transportation Services, United Vision Logistics, Dayton Freight Lines, Roehl Transport, USA Truck, and Universal Truckload Services Inc., Yellow Freight System,  Schneider,  Roadway Express, Consolidated Freightways, Ryder Integrated Logistics, RPS  ,Con-Way Transportation  , ABF Freight System  , United Van Lines  , Overnite Transportation,   American Freightways  , North American Van Lines  ,Swift Transportation, Werner Enterprises, Penske Logistics, USF Holland, Watkins Motor Lines, Allied Van Lines, Atlas Van Lines  ,Landstar Ranger, M.S. Carriers, Averitt Express, Vitran Express, Prime  , Mayflower Transit, CTI, Landstar Inway, Quality Carriers, Old Dominion, Viking Freight System, Southeastern Freight Lines, Covenant Transport,AAA Cooper, CRST, FFE Transportation Services, Crete Carrier, Saia Motor Freight, Trimac Transportation System, Trism,  Celadon, Dart Transit/Fleetline, Contract Freighters Inc,Central Freight Lines, Landstar Ligon,  Heartland Express, Transport Corp of America , Matlack,  Burlington Motor Carriers, KLLM Transport Services , Jevic Transportation,  NEMF.