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The Amarillo adult entertainment club known as The Jungle has paid $35,000 ($21,000 in unpaid wages and other damages and $14,000 in legal fees) to three of its former dancers. The dancers claimed that the club illegally classified them as independent contractors. Dancers were required to work for tips alone and were not paid federally required minimum and overtime wages.
The dancers were represented by the Amarillo law firm Young & Newsom, PC. According to shareholder Jeremi Young, "these clubs are notorious for taking advantage of employees by failing to pay minimum wage and instead forcing their employees to work for only tips, which violates federal law." "Dancers, disk jockeys, bouncers, and other workers at these clubs are employees, not contract labor and are entitled be paid at least $7.25 for ever hour worked, plus overtime, regardless of what tips they may receive," said Young.
The Jungle denied liability.
On September 14, 2016, Young & Newsom, PC attorneys Jeremi Young and Collin Wynne won a jury verdict in favor of their clients who worked for oilfield service company Crest Pumping Technologies, a subsidiary of Nine Energy Services.
The employees, Scot Carley and Brandon Brown, worked for Crest as Cementers in west Texas. Crest paid their cementers a salary and certain bonuses, but failed to pay them overtime compensation for hours worked over 40 each week. Crest asserted numerous exemptions in its attempts to justify why it failed to follow federal overtime laws. A federal jury unanimously rejected each of Crest's defenses, found that Carley and Brown were unlawfully denied overtime pay, and determined that each of them worked 80 hours per week (40 overtime hours), on average, during each week they were employeed. The federal judge who presided over the case will determine how much in unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages, and attorneys' fees Crest will be required to pay.
Oil and gas service providers commonly violate federal overtime laws in numerous ways. Click here for an explanation of some of the more common violations.