Houston, TX – Certain professions demand long hours and grueling work schedules. In the state of Texas, it is common for people working for oil companies and in oil fields to work much more than a standard 40 hour, 5 day work week. If a worker has been consistently paid straight time instead of overtime, or they have not been paid for all of the time they have worked, it is important for them to speak with a labor attorney to try to fix these issues. Improper pay is technically considered wage theft and the worker can take legal action to be compensated properly.
The typical oil worker schedule
Oilfield workers in Texas typically work extremely long hours. Data has shown that oilfield workers can have 7 to 14 days of work in a row without a day off, and they may work 12 to 16 hours most of those days. Obviously, people working in these positions should be compensated with overtime pay due to their consistent demands and working more than 40 hours per week.
Dangers on the job
In addition to long hours, oilfield workers experience more hazards than an average worker. They are seven times more likely to be injured on the job than most other professions. This is mostly due to consistently having to climb ladders and work on elevated platforms. Falling objects and heavy machinery are other common sources of problems. According to OSHA, when a worker has logged 12 or more hours in a day, it becomes harder to maintain total concentration, and accidents are more likely to occur.
Ensuring proper payment
All workers should try to keep their own basic records of the total number of hours worked. Any questions should first be directed to a human resources department of supervisor. They are required to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act and keep complete and accurate records of all time that each employee has logged.
After attempting to solve these problems internally, some companies may still not want to cooperate with the employee or solve the issue. It may be necessary for the worker to get outside legal help. The attorney can review the situation and make sure the employer is complying with all state and federal labor regulations. They can also see if the worker has not been given all of the overtime and standard pay that they are owed.
Labor and employment attorneys assist clients with wage and overtime issues
Any worker who feels that they have been underpaid or experienced wage theft can contact an employment lawyer for assistance. Moore and Associates is an award winning firm that focuses on wage and labor issues in the Houston area and other parts of Texas.
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