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Judge Doubles Jury Awards in Fracking Crane Operators Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit


This is a settlement for the Employment lawsuit.

Pittsburgh, PA: Four fracking crane operators who sued a drilling company for failing to compensate them for overtime worked, have had their compensation awards doubled by the federal judge hearing their case.

The decision follows a jury finding from October, stating that Oil States Energy Services “willfully and recklessly” failed to pay overtime wages to the operators. The jury awarded each of the plaintiffs tens of thousands of dollars in compensation. The company argued they were “highly compensated” and exempt under the Motor Carrier Act.

To avoid liquidated damages, Oil States would have had to prove that it tried to reasonably comply with the act, and it argued that its payment plan did just that.

“Oil States argues paying crane operators a salary and a job bonus, instead of hourly with overtime, conformed to industry standard practice and thus shows good faith. … Oil States offered no evidence it independently researched whether the industry standard salary and job pay plan for crane operators complied with the act,” the judge wrote.

The judge also found that Oil States did not act in good faith by determining that the employees were exempt under the highly compensated exemption.

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Published on Dec-4-17

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