Last week, Allis-Chalmers Energy agreed to pay $1.9 million to their employees to resolve an unpaid overtime class action lawsuit. Back on November 30, 2010, employees of Allis-Chalmers Energy, an oil and gas servicing company, filed a lawsuit alleging that their employer failed to pay them overtime. The employees were employed as field operators who were primarily engaged in manual labor duties such as transporting, installing and maintaining oil and gas drilling equipment such as fluid lines and air compressors. Their employer only paid them a daily rate regardless of the amount of hours they worked. The employees in the lawsuit all claimed they consistently worked over forty hours in a workweek and one particular employee claimed he worked approximately twelve hours a day, seven days a week. Unfortunately, this type of labor violation occurs frequently, no matter what industry you work in. For more information regarding employees that are entitled to overtime, please contact Fitapelli & Schaffer for a free consultation.