L.M. Sixel writes about the economy and the workplace for the Houston Chronicle. She started her newspaper career at the Beaumont Enterprise. Before that, she earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.

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EOG sued over wage, overtime practices

A former oil field worker at EOG Resources has sued the Houston oil and gas company, accusing it of shorting him and others on overtime pay, in addition to misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Derrick Gabrielson, a water operations coordinator, alleged in a lawsuit filed last week in ...

Efforts fail to settle Black Elk suits as trial begins

A recent effort to settle lawsuits stemming from a 2012 explosion and fire on a offshore oil platform that killed three workers has been unsuccessful, according to a notice filed Thursday in federal court in New Orleans. Negotiators met over the past six days in an effort to resolve the lawsuits ste ...

Chevron trader, energy consultant charged in bribery scheme

A federal grand jury in Houston has charged that Chevron oil  trader and a Houston energy consultant engaged in international commercial bribery scheme and funneled the money they received from kickbacks into offshore bank accounts, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said Thursday. The trader, Shawn Tho ...

Marathon workers say no to labor offer in Galveston

Employees at  Marathon’s Galveston Bay Refinery overwhelming rejected a contract offer late Monday night, said union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock.  Details of the offer, which had been brokered through the help of a federal mediator, were not available. The 1,100 workers, who are represented by t ...

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