Safety trainer sues for overtime pay

Michelle Keahey Sep. 6, 2011, 3:33am


A safety trainer working in the energy industry is suing his employer for violating federal regulations by allegedly failing to pay overtime wages.

Ted Pullig filed suit against Petrofac Training Inc. on Sept. 1 in federal court in New Orleans.

Petrofac Training provides training and consultancy solutions to the international energy industry. Pullig worked for the defendant providing various safety training classes and safety services. He states he worked at a flat rate and worked an average of 48 to 50 hours per week.

Although Pullig was labeled as an "independent contractor," he states he was an employee as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

He accuses the defendant of violating the FLSA by failing to pay time and one half his regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 per week.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages, attorney's fees and court costs.

Pullig is represented by Gerald J. Huffman Jr. of Curry & Friend in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-02197

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