by David Phinney
Nov. 1, 2005 — It’s a complaint I hear repeatedly from disgruntled workers returning home from Iraq. Employees working for Halliburton’s subsidiary, KBR, frequently tell me they were stiffed on their paychecks and didn’t get paid what they were promised.
Now there’s a class action lawsuit seeking to resolve the complaints on behalf of employees saying they are sometimes owed up to $50,000 in back wages while working in support of the U.S. military under Halliburton’s massive $10 billion-and-growing LOGCAP III contract. (My math tells me it’s nearing the $20 billion mark.)
Filed Oct. 31, in Federal District Court, (Fifth Circuit, Harris County), the lawsuit contends that Halliburton fails to pay employees for all hours actually worked and that the company performs incorrect calculations of employees’ straight pay as stated by employment agreements. There also are disputes about holiday and overtime pay.
The law firm representing the case recently placed an ad in Stars and Stripes last week seeking claimants and the response has already drawn hundreds of inquiries from KBR workers according to attorney Vincent Howard with Lopez, Hodes, Restaino, Milman & Skikos in San Diego.
Howard thinks he soon will be representing thousands of workers.