09/21/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2023 10:26
PORTLAND - The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $947,547 from four Oregon contractors who failed to pay fringe benefits, prevailing and overtime wages to 213 employees working on federally funded construction projects in Oregon and Washington.
The recovery follows several investigations by the department's Wage and Hour Divisionand the discovery of violations of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Actand the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Specifically, federal investigators found the following:
In total, the division's investigations helped 213 workers recover $846,440 in prevailing wages and fringe benefits, and $101,106 in overtime wages. The department also assessed G Builders $10,000 in penalties because the company violated similar federal labor laws in 2016 and 2021.
"Employers who do work on government-funded construction projects will be held accountable for making sure workers receive their proper prevailing wages and fringe benefits," said Wage and Hour Division Assistant District Director Michelle Phillips in Portland, Oregon. "The U.S. Department of Labor works tirelessly to ensure employers follow all applicable laws and come into compliance. Employers who do not respect their workers' rights will likely struggle to retain and recruit the people they need to remain competitive, as workers look for opportunities with employers who do. Violating federal contracting laws can also result in debarment from future federal contracting opportunities."
Learn more about the DBRA, the CWHSSAand other laws enforced by the division, as well as a search toolto use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division. The department can speak with callers confidentially in more than 200 languages through the agency's toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Download the agency's new Timesheet App, now available for Android and i-OS devicesin English and Spanish, to ensure hours and pay are accurate.