Stallion Oilfield Holdings, Inc. is the defendant in a collective action that claims the company misclassified workers as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime wages.
The plaintiff in the case worked between 84 and 100 hours per week as a solids control operator for the rental and distribution company while being paid a fixed daily rate that didn’t include time-and-a-half overtime wages, the lawsuit says. According to the complaint, the plaintiff and other solids control operators performed manual labor that was “largely governed by standardized plans, procedures, and checklists” provided by Stallion, tasks that did not require any specialized training or education. Moreover, the plaintiff claims the defendant exercised a significant degree of control over the aspects of his job, further indicating that he should have been classified as an employee rather than a contractor.
The case then points out that Stallion also employed W-2 employees as solids control operators who worked alongside the contractors and performed the same duties, which the suit argues demonstrates that the plaintiff’s and other contractors’ work was “integral to the operations of Stallion.”