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Permian Basin Oilfield Worker Files Class Action Lawsuit for Off-The-Clock Pre- and Post-Shift Work

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Moreland Law Firm, P.C. filed suit in Federal Court in Midland, Texas against Bird Electric Enterprises, LLC. The case was filed on behalf of Jason Guajardo and a class of Bird Electric electricians.

Guajardo brings claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the "FLSA") against Bird Electric. The FLSA is the federal law that requires covered employers pay their employees the minimum wage and overtime. Employers that violate the FLSA are subject to double damages for all of the wages they deprived their workers. Employers are also responsible for the employee's attorneys' fees and costs if the employee prevails.

The lawsuit claims that Bird Electric required that its electricians work off-the-clock both before and after scheduled shifts. During this alleged off-the-clock work, the electricians picked-up and dropped-off tools, machinery, and equipment; attended safety meetings; completed paperwork; and drove to and from the job site.

In the lawsuit, Guajardo requesting lost wages, liquidated (double) damages, injunctive relief, and attorneys' fees.

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