Patriot Well Solutions , one of the leading providers of wireline and coiled tubing service in the United States, has just been sued over failing to pay its employees the proper wages. There are a significant number of potentially affected employees throughout the nation working on projects for Patriot in Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota and Texas. The affected job titles include Wireline Operators, equipment operators, and other similarly situated workers.
Despite the fact that these laborers are considered non-exempt employees, meaning they receive overtime pay, Patriot has allegedly kept their rightfully earned wages from them when they worked over 40 hours in a work week. Working long hours is standard for Wireline Operators as they typically worked at least 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, for weeks at a time. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Wireline Operators were wrongfully denied proper overtime compensation at 1.5 times their regular rate of pay. Specifically, Patriot did not factor in all compensation it paid its laborers when calculating the regular rate of pay for purposes of calculating and paying overtime. In this case, they did not include Wireline Operators’ regular non-discretionary job bonuses when paying overtime. . As a result, Patriot significantly underpaid its Wireline Operators for overtime hours worked.
If you or anyone you know has worked for Patriot Well Solutions in the last several years, they may be eligible to join this case and potentially recover owed wages. Call Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP at (212) 300-0375 for more information or visit our website. Additionally, if you’ve worked for other companies in the energy and gas industry you may have a wage claim. You can call us for a free phone consultation to see if you are potentially owed wages.
You can also view the complaint here.