Case Title: Bass v. Berry Bros General Contractors, Inc.
Case No. 6:17-cv-00947-RFD-CBW
On July 24, 2017, we filed this collective action on behalf of all current and former rig welders who worked for Berry Bros. as independent contractors or employees and were paid by the hour but were not paid overtime.
What is the Case about?
We filed this collective action against Berry Bros. General Contractors, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana for a class of Rig Welders who were misclassified as independent contractors.
The Case alleges that Berry Bros. violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying Rig Welders as independent contractors and wrongfully denying them overtime. Specifically, these workers were paid a by the hour, but were not paid overtime.
Plaintiff believes that he and other Rig Welders are entitled to recover unpaid overtime, interest on the unpaid wages, liquidated damages, attorney’s fees, and costs.
Who is Eligible for this Case?
Anyone who worked for Berry Bros. as a Rig Welder in the past three years and was not paid overtime is potentially eligible for the Case.
How do I Join the Case?
You may join the Case by e-signing the Consent Form. You may also print out the form, sign it, and mail it to our office at, 819 North Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi, TX 78401. It is important to sign and return this form as quickly as possible because the time period for your recoverable wages will depend on when this form is filed with the Court.
Can I be fired for joining?
The law prohibits Employers, or their agents, from firing, harassing, discriminating, or retaliating against an employee for taking part in a case for back wages.
Will this cost me anything?
You will not pay anything to join this case. This case is being handled on a contingency fee basis. Our firm will only be paid if we win the case and recover your back wages. Our payment will come out of the recovery amount.
We filed this Case on July 24, 2017.
Defendant filed their Answer on August 18, 2017.
Conditional Certification of the class was approved on April 9, 2018.