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Contractor Accused of Cheating Workers and Government By Violating Wage and Hour Laws

May 11, 2010

Our California Labor and Employment Attorneys have been following the recent news story about a local contractor, arrested for violating New York State wage and hour laws and falsifying payroll documents with the State Department of Labor.

Charles Zimmer, Jr., a road construction contractor, reportedly worked with his crew on public projects including ramp, gutter and sidewalk renovations in and around the city of Binghamton and at the Greater Binghamton Airport. He is being accused of defrauding his workers out of more than $245,000 of wages by failing to pay workers wages that are legally required on public works projects, and filing certified payroll documents with the government that were false.

According to the Department of Labor's Office of Special Investigations, New York contractors are required to compensate workers on government jobs according to the prevailing wage laws and schedules--set by the Labor Department--to be properly paid for the amount of work that they do while working on public contracts. Contractors must then file certified payrolls, including the names of the workers who performed the work and how much they were compensated in benefits and wages.

After a nine-month investigation, the Broome County District Attorney and the Department of Labor reportedly found that Zimmer was reportedly only paying his workers $8-10, but should have been compensating his workers around $20-40 with added supplemental benefits that cover sick leave and vacation. Zimmer is being accused of defrauding both the workers and the government, by failing to list all of the workers at many job sites on the payrolls, failing to pay workers the prevailing wage rate on the public projects, and falsifying the payroll documents when filing with the government.

Zimmer was reportedly charged with grand larceny in the third degree and four counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. If convicted, Zimmer could receive a seven year sentence in prison.

Our attorneys at Howard Law, PC are committed to representing individuals who have experienced wage and hour violations in Los Angeles County, Orange County and throughout Southern California. Contact our Anaheim-based Labor & Employment Attorneys today, for a free consultation about your rights.

Contractor Charged with Violating Prevailing Wage and Hour Laws on Public Works Projects, New York State Department of Labor, May 10, 2010

Local Contractor Charged with Violating Prevailing Wage Laws, News Channel 34, May 11, 2010

Contractor Accused of Fraud, WBNG News, May 10, 2010

Waverly Contractor Accused of Cheating Employees on Binghamton Projects, Press Connects.com, May 10, 2010

Related Web Resources:

United States Department of Labor

New York State Department of Labor