On Monday, April 27, 2020 Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, alongside Bruckner Burch PLLC, filed a class and collective action lawsuit against Hill Country Staffing, Co. (“HCS”), for unpaid wages. HCS, a staffing services company for the oil and gas industry, has allegedly failed to pay its hourly employees overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (“PMWA”). This lawsuit seeks to recover overtime compensation for employees such as Equipment Operators and other similarly situated hourly non- exempt employees (collectively, “Non-Exempt Workers”) – who work or have worked for HCS nationwide.
Non-Exempt Workers typically work 11 to 20-hour shifts, 7 days a week for weeks at a time, all while in some of the harshest working conditions. In fact, HCS indicates on its website that Equipment Operators should expect to work 14 to 21 consecutive work days “with long hours.” Despite this, Equipment Operators and other similar Non-Exempt Workers do not receive overtime pay for all the hours work in excess of 40 per workweek in violation the FLSA and PMWA. Rather, HCS will often pay Non-Exempt Workers straight time pay at their regular hourly rate. This collective action is brought on behalf of all current and former non-exempt similarly situated workers who elect to opt-in to this action to remedy violations of wage-and-hour provisions.
If you’ve worked for HCS as an hourly non-exempt worker, such as an equipment operator, feel free to contact our firm, Fitapelli & Schaffer, to see if you may be eligible to opt into this class action. Additionally, if you work or have worked in the oil and gas industry in the last three years and feel you may be owed overtime, do not hesitate to call us at (212) 300-0375 for a free and confidential consultation. As an employee of such a demanding field, it is important to ensure you’re receiving all of your lawfully earned wages.
You can also view the filed complaint here.