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Labor officials: New Mexico, West Texas oil field workers underpaid

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal labor officials say oil and natural gas workers in New Mexico and West Texas have been underpaid by more than $1.3 million.

The U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division made the announcement Monday. The findings stem from an enforcement initiative launched by the division last year.

Officials say overtime violations led to the underpayment to some 1,300 workers.

Among the problems found, employers were failing to include bonus payments when calculating overtime rates, weren’t paying for time spent working off-the-clock and paying flat rates despite the hours worked by employees.

There were also instances of workers being misclassified as independent contractors.

A regional labor official, Cynthia Watson, says there’s a misconception that because oil and gas workers typically earn more than minimum wage that they’re being paid legally.

In related news, North Dakota oil field worker files discrimination lawsuit.

 

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15 comments

  1. We are all underpaid compared to the amount of money we make investors.

  2. Look at the amount of money these companies waste.. it’s always hurry up and wait…

  3. Everyone on location is getting underpaid.

  4. The discount rate service outfits give gas and oil companies is excessively high. The employee and equipment suffer as a result.

  5. Should be glad to have a job

  6. Good now when are we getting that money back!!!

  7. Even getting underpaid can I have my job back

  8. I make exactly what I’m worth and grateful to my company that hired me. If you want to make more money, quit and go work somewhere else. The alternative is to have the govt take care of me. Not interested.

  9. Highest paid workers in the US!

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