Full 5th Circ. OKs Overtime For Highly Paid Rig Worker

By Michelle Casady (September 10, 2021, 5:53 PM EDT) -- The en banc Fifth Circuit has determined that a highly paid rig worker is entitled to overtime compensation, agreeing with a December panel ruling and rejecting arguments from the energy industry that its economic vitality depends on the opposite result.

The 12-6 decision Thursday undoes a summary judgment ruling in favor of Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. that had ended Michael J. Hewitt's 2017 lawsuit seeking overtime pay he said he was being wrongly denied.

The court's majority wrote that Congress has repeatedly rejected efforts to exempt all highly paid employees from overtime requirements, and the labor secretary, the U.S. Supreme...

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