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Published December 17, 2013, 12:27 PM

North Dakota suit against oil company seeks class action status

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former worker in the North Dakota oil patch is accusing a major drilling company of failing to pay overtime to him and other employees.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former worker in the North Dakota oil patch is accusing a major drilling company of failing to pay overtime to him and other employees.

Chris Elliott is seeking class-action status for his federal complaint against Texas-based Schlumberger, which provides technology and other support services for the oil and gas industry.

The complaint alleges that the company should owe at least $5 million once all the individual claims are submitted.

Elliott lives Clearwater County, Idaho. He says he worked many 16- to 20-hour days and the company used a fluctuating work week to avoid paying overtime.

The company says in court documents that the plaintiffs did not work more than 40 hours in any given work week and are not entitled to overtime pay under state or federal laws.

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