Six former employees of Transglobal Services, LLC have filed suit against the company, asserting claims for unpaid overtime. Transglobal primarily provides surveying, right of way and seismic services to oil and gas producers. Transglobal has been in existence since 2007 and has field offices in Spearman, Houston, San Angelo, and Dilley, Texas, as well as Carlsbad, New Mexico, Anchorage, Alaska and Hutchinson, Kansas. Transglobal also has administrative offices in Midland and Fort Worth.
The plaintiffs allege that they were misclassified as independent contractors, despite the fact that they worked on a full time basis for Transglobal and that virtually every aspect of their employment was dictated by Transglobal. The plaintiffs further allege that Transglobal classifies all or virtually all of its field personnel as independent contractors, and that management for Transglobal required that all Transglobal workers had to be classified as independent contractors. The plaintiffs allege that they typically worked at least 12-15 hours per day, at least six days per week. Plaintiffs and other workers for Defendants were paid on an hourly basis, and were paid the same hourly rate for each hour worked, and thus never received overtime pay.
It is common practice for oilfield service companies to misclassify their workers as independent contractors in an attempt to avoid paying overtime, employment taxes or benefits. Unfortunately, this practice deprives oilfield workers and their families of money, health insurance and other benefits for their labor. While the IRS, the Texas Workforce Commission and the Department of Labor have stepped up their enforcement against companies misusing the independent contractor classification, these agencies are overworked and understaffed, thus making private lawsuits an important tool in combating wage theft.
If you work or in the past three years worked for Transglobal and were (1) paid on an hourly basis; and (2) classified as an independent contractor, you may have a claim for unpaid overtime, and you could be owed thousands of dollars in unpaid overtime plus an equal amount in liquidated damages. If you believe you may be owed overtime, you should consider speaking with an experienced overtime attorney as soon as possible to learn about and protect your legal rights.
The plaintiffs seek to have their case proceed as a collective action lawsuit so that any employee who works or worked for Transglobal as an independent contractor within the past three years may join the lawsuit and seek overtime pay and liquidated damages. In order to participate in the lawsuit, you must file a consent to join form. The plaintiffs are represented by Josh Borsellino of the law firm of Borsellino, P.C.
NOTE: Unless you receive, sign and return to Borsellino, P.C. a Consent Form stating that you wish to join the lawsuit, you are NOT a party to the lawsuit, and Borsellino, P.C. does NOT represent you or your interests. Persons who have evidence regarding this case or who wish to obtain a Consent Form to join the lawsuit may call Josh Borsellino at 817.908.9861 or submit a case inquiry here.