Eagle Ford workers file overtime suit against Superior Energy

Several Eagle Ford oil field workers are suing Superior Energy for failing to pay them overtime, according to a court filing.

Four former employees have filed a class-action claim against Superior Energy, saying that the Houston-based services company required them to work 80 to 100 hours a week for three years without overtime pay. The plaintiffs in the suit worked as operators, providing services such as pumping, cementing and delivering materials for hydraulic fracturing in the Eagle Ford Shale in Yancey, about 50 miles west of San Antonio.

“Given the job duties of Plaintiffs and Members of the Class, Superior misclassified them all as being exempt from overtime,” wrote Edwin Sullivan, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney.

The employees are seeking back pay and legal fees, under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Under the Act, an employee who works more than 40 hours a week must be paid at least time-and-a-half for the overtime. While some exemptions exist for managers and outside sales staff, the lawsuit alleges that the employees were misclassified by the company.

In the filing, employees said that they were told they were not owed overtime because they had been paid salaries and bonuses.

Eagle Ford shale workers overtime claim against Superior Energy