The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Wyoming Casing Service Inc., of Dickinson, to pay $1.17 million in back wages.

The department said the wages are owed to 275 current and former employees after an investigation found violations of overtime and recordkeeping requirements.

Violations were found at nine locations in six states, including North Dakota, where the company operated, installing casing on oil wells.

While Wyoming Casing paid minimum wage and overtime for most hours, according to the Labor Department., it paid some employees for additional hours based on the number of feet of casing installed. The company did not record the number of hours worked by employees when paid per foot and did not include those when determining overtime rates.

This left employees receiving overtime rates lower than they had legally earned.

The company will provide training to its managers and human resources personnel to avoid future violations, according to DOL Wage and Hour Division district director Chad Frasier.

The investigation included crews working in Dickinson and Williston, as well as Grand Junction, Colo., Canton, Ohio, New Albany, Penn., Weston, W.V., and Cheyenne, Gillette and Rock Springs, Wyo.

In Dickinson there were 106 employees due back wages of $688,417. In Williston 28 employees were due back wages of $129,754.

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