California Labor Commissioner Sues Florida Contractors for Overtime Wage Violations
June 3, 2010
A California wage and hour lawsuit has recently been filed by California State Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet, against Florida contractors--for violating state wage and hour laws, and taking advantage of California employees.
According to a Mercury News report, Bradstreet is suing the Florida contactor ZMG Construction and two unlicensed Florida subcontractors, Lake's Construction and EQ Master Construction, for violating California wage and hour laws while working on two renovation projects that took place in Pacifica, California.
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) reportedly began investigating the company after California workers filed wage complaints with the state after not receiving compensation for work performed from January to October of last year. The DLSE found that the unlicensed subcontractors neglected to compensate thirty California workers over $121,000 in overtime and minimum wage payments.
Bradstreet is seeking around $400,000 in damages from the contractors, as well as back wages and unpaid overtime. The suit also asks for over $275,000 for attorney's fees, damages, and penalties.
David Balter, acting chief counsel for the Labor Commissioner's Office claimed that this case highlights the liability and the responsibility that a general contractor has--to make sure that the subcontractors are licensed, and that the employees are being paid in accordance to California wage and hour laws. Angela Bradstreet claimed that contractors from other states need to have be aware that violating California state law and the rights of California workers will result in legal consequences.
Two Pacifica Apartment Buildings Named in California Labor Commissioner Suit Against Out-of-town Contractors, Mercury News, May 13, 2010
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