On Monday, May 11, 2020 Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP alongside Bruckner Birch PLLC, filed a collective action lawsuit against D&G Directional Drilling, a drilling and pipeline construction company that services oil and gas companies throughout the United States, for failure to pay its employees the proper wages. This lawsuit seeks to recover overtime compensation for labor hands and other similarly situated laborers (collectively “Non-Exempt Laborers”) – who work or have worked for D&G Directional Drilling, Inc. (“D&G”), throughout the United States under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
D&G pays its Non-Exempt Laborers partly on an hourly basis, and then also pays them additional wages for that week’s work on the same or separate paycheck. These additional wages are subject to applicable payroll taxes and are included in Non-Exempt Laborers’ year end wage amounts on the pay stubs. Despite being non-exempt employees, D&G has allegedly failed to properly pay Non-Exempt Laborers overtime compensation at 1.5 times their regular rate of pay. Specifically, D&G did not factor in all compensation it paid Non-Exempt Laborers when calculating the regular rate of pay for purposes of calculating and paying overtime. As a result, Non-Exempt Laborers have claimed that D&G has significantly underpaid them for overtime hours worked.
If you work or have worked for D&G Directional Drilling as a laborer and would like to know if you are eligible to participate in this lawsuit, do not hesitate to call our firm, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, at (212) 300-0375. Additionally, if you work in the oil and gas industry and have concerns about your pay structure, feel free to call and speak to one of our available representatives to see if you may have a claim for owed wages. You can contact us via our firm’s site here as well.
You can also view the filed complaint here.