Updated: 2/21 9:52 pm
Guards Overtime Suit
A Victoria federal judge said a Corpus Christi based company did not cheat local oil workers out of millions of dollars in overtime. The Department of Labor accused the company gate guard services, of not paying workers overtime for the work performed.
The company said the workers are paid daily as to guard the gates at oil fields in the area, but are technically classified as independent contractors. The Department of Labor said the workers are employees of the company, and were owed more than 6-million dollars in overtime. Last week a judge sided with the company, ruling the workers are independent contractors and the amount of hours they worked, were not taken into account. Geep Hardy a local lawyer, fought a similar case last year, and believes more lawsuits like this are in the works. In a statement the Department of Labor said they are disappointed in the ruling, they're looking at the potential next steps.
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