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Sometimes injury to workers isn't physical, but financial

Readers of this blog appreciate that the focus of our attention is on addressing the issues workers across many industries face after they've been injured on the job. That goes for workers in Texas, Louisiana and anywhere else they may be.

When someone is injured due to an accident or another's negligence, the lives of those workers and their loved ones are all affected. They need to be sure that they will be able to recover all the benefits they are entitled to for the sake of themselves and their families. If a fight is necessary, it's important to have a skilled advocate by your side.

But it doesn't have to be an accident that causes injury. People can also find themselves suffering if their employers gouge them of the wages they are due. This kind of activity is never OK, but when it is done on a massive scale it deserves calling out -- which is what the U.S. Department of Labor appears to have done recently.

According to the agency, some 2,500 petroleum industry employees working for four companies were shorted more than $1.5 million. Officials said the companies either failed to pay salaried workers overtime they were due or didn't include bonuses to workers "as part of their regular rates of pay when calculating how much overtime is due."

The DOL says this case and other investigations it is conducting reveal a pattern of wrongdoing across the industry. And officials blasted the companies for their practices saying, "Employers who violate the law in their pay practices harm workers, their families and law-abiding industry employers."

Some injuries might not be visible, but that doesn't make them any less painful.

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