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United States Department Of Labor Settles Back Wages Claim For Construction Workers For Almost $5 Million On Federally Funded Project

Do You Work On A Construction Site That Receives Federal Funds?

This month, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) reached a settlement with MDG Design & Construction, LLC and others to resolve wage violations at a construction project in New York that was federally-assisted. MDG and others agreed to pay $3.8 million to MDG’s subcontractors’ construction workers who were not paid properly. This is in addition to another payment of more than $1.1 million in back wages to other laborers.

Because the construction project was federally funded, the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) apply which require that all contractors and subcontractors pay laborers and mechanics at least the locally “prevailing wages” including fringe benefits. The “prevailing wage” is a set wage that is calculated looking at the basic hourly rate plus any fringe benefits in the Act’s wage determination. These wage determinations can be found online at wdol.gov/dba.aspx.

If you work on a federally funded/assisted construction project and want to know whether you are paid properly, you can go here to find your wage determination. If you are not being paid the amount listed on this document, contact our firm for a free consultation to determine whether you could be owed damages.