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Oil field company fights back after federal government says it misclassified employees

August 2011

Oil field company fights back after being accused of misclassifying employees

Gheni Platenburg

A Victoria federal judge has granted an unprecedented legal move for a private business to sue the U.S. Department of Labor.

Although governmental entities such as the Department of Labor usually have immunity, which stops people from suing the government or its employees, in July, U.S. District Judge John Rainey granted Gate Guard Services' request to sue the department, allowing the oil service company to make the first legal punch.