In the lawsuit Rick Eicher alleges that the welders were actually employees of Baker Hughes and should have been paid overtime. Read the lawsuit here. Baker Hughes Complaint
Baker Hughes Overtime
If you worked as a welder for Baker Hughes and were classified as an independent contractor, please contact me to discuss the lawsuit. You may be entitled to be paid for all the hours you worked over 40 per week in the last three years.
The Department of Labor recently explained that the misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a growing problem:
“Misclassification of employees as independent contractors is found in an increasing number of workplaces in the United States, in part reflecting larger restructuring of business organizations. When employers improperly classify employees as independent contractors, the employees may not receive important workplace protections such as the minimum wage, overtime compensation, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. Misclassification also results in lower tax revenues for government and an uneven playing field for employers who properly classify their workers. Although independent contracting relationships can be advantageous for workers and businesses, some employees may be intentionally misclassified as a means to cut costs and avoid compliance with labor laws.”
Read the DOL statement here. Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1 – Wage and Hour Division (WHD) – U.S.