When stories break about employees being cheated out of compensation, it is often assumed that it involves the service or retail industry. Unfortunately, workers in any occupation may struggle with overtime and wage issues. West Virginia workers who have been denied rightful compensation do have recourse under federal wage and hour laws.
There are literally thousands of restaurants in West Virginia and elsewhere around the country. Employees often work long hours prepping food to cook, serving customers and cleaning up after closing. While most business owners adhere to applicable labor laws, there are some who find themselves struggling with overtime and wage issues. In fact, an owner of two restaurants in another state has been required to pay back wages and damages to his employees following an investigation.
With the volumes of oil and gas that society needs to function, the hazards that workers in the West Virginia oil and gas industry face every day are taken for granted. Their jobs are among those that are rated the most dangerous in the world. However, overtime and wage issues are prevalent. Does it not make sense then that they are adequately rewarded for the risks they take and the many hours they spend away from their families?