The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday it had come to an agreement with Halliburton, the oilfield giant and fracking pioneer, to pay $18 million for unpaid overtime to more than 1,000 workers in several states around the country.
The Department called it “one of the largest recoveries of overtime wages in recent years.”
The agency claims its wage and hour division investigated the company “as part of an ongoing, multi-year compliance initiative in the oil and gas industry in the Southwest and Northeast.”
The Department of Labor said investigators found Halliburton miscategorized employees in 28 job positions as exempt from overtime.
These positions included “field service representatives, pipe recovery specialists, drilling tech advisors, perforating specialists and reliability tech specialists.”
The Department also found Halliburton failed to keep accurate records of its employees’ work hours.
“The Department of Labor takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure workers receive the wages they have earned,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This settlement will put millions of dollars where they belong — in the pockets of hardworking people and their families. Employers who don’t pay their employees the wages they have earned don’t just hurt their workers, they undercut employers who play by the rules. That’s why we work every day to help level the playing field.”
Halliburton has more than 70,000 employees, and frequently contracts with oil and gas companies to develop wells around the country.
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