The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday that Halliburton has agreed to pay about $18.3 million in overtime owed to 1,016 workers across the country.
The department’s Wage and Hour Division investigated Halliburton as part of an ongoing, multi-year compliance initiative in the oil and gas industry in the Southwest and Northeast.
Investigators found that Houston-based Halliburton incorrectly categorized employees in 28 job positions as being exempt from overtime.
The company did not pay overtime to these salaried employees, who were working as field service representatives, pipe recovery specialists, drilling tech advisers, perforating specialists and reliability tech specialists, when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The company also failed to keep accurate records of hours worked by these employees, the department said.
“The Department of Labor takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure workers receive the wages they have earned. This settlement will put millions of dollars where they belong — in the pockets of hardworking people and their families,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.
The agreement is one of the department’s largest recoveries of overtime wages in recent years.
“We welcome and appreciate the cooperation of employers, like Halliburton, as we continue our investigations and educate employers about how wage violations hurt their industry and our nation’s economy,” the Wage and Hour Division’s acting southwest regional administrator Betty Campbell said.
Halliburton has more than 70,000 employees in more than 80 countries worldwide.