In a significant development, a federal investigation has led to the recovery of more than $1.1 million in back wages for 238 employees of Water Energy Services LLC, a San Antonio-based company. The company involved in providing water reclamation services for the energy industry failed to meet payroll obligations on two crucial dates.
238 Employees Owed Back Wages After Company Fails to Meet Payroll Obligations
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division conducted a thorough investigation, which uncovered the failure to fulfill payroll commitments, resulting in minimum wage and overtime violations affecting the workers.
District Director Cynthia Ramos of the Wage and Hour Division in San Antonio, Texas, emphasized the essential role played by workers in the oil and gas industry in driving the region’s economic growth. She stressed that federal law mandates the complete payment of rightfully earned wages and benefits to employees. The investigation has successfully recovered wages owed for the diligent efforts of Water Energy Services’ employees.
Water Energy Services is focused on water management solutions for the energy sector, utilizing technology and various services to effectively manage water usage, treatment, and recycling within energy operations. The company operates in various locations across Texas and New Mexico.
This case highlights the significance of employers fulfilling their financial responsibilities to their employees, not just as a legal obligation but as a means to uphold the rights of the workforce and maintain a fair and just work environment. It serves as a reminder to businesses, particularly in industries crucial to our economy, to adhere to employment laws and ensure the well-being of their workers by meeting all compensation obligations.