PITTSBURGH – A former employee of an oil and natural gas exploration and production company alleges he was misclassified as an independent contractor.

Jackie D. Conley filed a complaint on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated on Oct. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. citing the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he worked for more than 40 hours per week as a company man for the defendant during his employment from 2013 to 2015.

The plaintiff holds Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly classified all their workers, including the plaintiff, as independent contractors and paid them a flat sum for each working day regardless of the total number of hours worked and did not pay overtime wages.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks unpaid back wages, liquidated damages, unpaid compensation, court costs, interest, and any further relief this court grants. He is represented by Joshua P. Geist of Goodrich & Geist PC in Pittsburgh; Michael A. Josephson and Andrew W. Dunlap of Josephson Dunlap Law Firm in Houston; and Richard J. (Rex) Burch of Bruckner Burch PLLC in Houston.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:17-cv-01391-CB

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