Violations of California Labor Law Costs Local Contractors $1 Million – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

by Norman B. Blumenthal on January 31, 2013

  The state of California has found two local contractors jointly responsible for violations of California labor law, and ordered the enterprises to pay over $1 million.

Taisei Construction Company, the primary contractor on a public works project at Stockton’s San Joaquin Community College, subcontracted the project’s plumbing work to Nicodemus Plumbing and Mechanical.    An investigation by the California Department of Industrial Relations (CDIR) disclosed that Nicodemus was not paying its workers for all the hours worked, not paying them the proper wages under California’s prevailing wage law, and not paying the proper amount of overtime.  Additionally, the company also was falsifying certified payroll records in an attempt to cover up the wage fraud.  According to CDIR, 44 employees were affected by Nicodemus.

Nicodemus was assessed fines of over $200 thousand, and ordered to pay almost $900 thousand to the 44 workers as back wages.

Under California labor law, a primary contractor is jointly responsible for labor law violations committed by a subcontractor.  Therefore Taisei was also fined by the CDIR.

Both Taisei and Nicodemus are based in Cypress, CA.

If you are a construction worker who has not been paid for all hours worked, the proper minimum wage, or the proper amount of overtime pay, call an experienced Los Angeles labor attorney today at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik at (310) 981-3918.  Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik is a California employment law firm with offices located in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The firm dedicates its practice to contingency fee employment law work for issues involving misclassification as a salaried worker exempt from overtime, failure to pay vacation wages, misclassification as an independent contractor, off-the-clock work, wrongful termination, discrimination and other California labor laws.

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