Oilfield layoffs may violate WARN Act

With the drop in oil prices, many oil and gas companies in Midland, Odessa, and across West and South Texas have announced mass layoffs.  Over the past several months, tens of thousands of Texas oilfield workers have been laid off.  Most of these workers are in the oilfield services sector.  Often these layoffs come with no warning – the workers finish working on a project or at a drill site and are told there is no more work for them.  Such layoffs may violate federal law and entitle the laid-off workers to monetary damages.


The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) protects oilfield workers by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.  The WARN Act is generally triggered when an employer with 100 or more employees terminates 50 or more employees during any 30‑day period at a single site of employment.  The failure of an employer to provide 60 days notice of terminations under these circumstances can subject the employer to pay the terminated employees up to 60 days back wages, plus attorney’s fees.  Numerous oilfield services companies have recently been sued for violations of the WARN Act for their mass layoffs without advance notice.  If you or a family member have recently been the subject of a mass layoff by an oilfield company, consult with an experienced labor and employment attorney immediately to learn your legal rights.


Josh Borsellino represents oilfield workers to get them the compensation they deserve.  Josh represents oilfield workers on a “no recovery, no fee” basis, meaning he only gets paid if he obtains a recovery for his client.  If you have questions about whether the termination of your employment violates the WARN Act and entitles you to back pay, call Josh at 817.908.9861 or 432.242.7118, or complete this online form today for a free consultation.


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