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Federal lawsuit filed over Halliburton refusal to pay overtime

[JURIST] Halliburton [corporate website; JURIST news archive] and its subsidiaries have failed to pay their workers in Iraq and Kuwait millions of dollars in overtime in violation of its contracts with the US Army, five workers alleged in a federal lawsuit Thursday. According to the lawsuit, Halliburton and its subsidiaries required several hundred employees to work as much as 80 to 100 hours per week without extra pay and shorted an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 workers overall from overtime pay. Halliburton's contract with the Army required that it pay its workers time-and-a-half for the extra work, even though the Fair Labor Standards Act [PDF text; DOL materials] exempts overseas workers from overtime rules. Under the contracts Halliburton employees signed, however, employees were not to be compensated with overtime pay. AP has more. The Houston Chronicle has local coverage.

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