Labor Commissioner Holds General Contractors and Subcontractors Jointly Liable for Wage Violations

June 7, 2013 - In an important victory for Building Trades workers, state Labor Commissioner Julie Su has announced decisions holding both general contractors and subcontractors alike jointly liable when a contractor or subcontractor fails to pay prevailing wage. The contractors and subcontractors were held liable for nearly $750,000 for public works and labor law violations affecting 89 workers on four projects.

The Labor Commissioner’s office released a report last month entitled “State of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement” showing that 2012 had seen the highest amount of wages and penalties assessed on public works jobs by the division since 2002.

Commissioner Su explained: “Failure to pay the proper prevailing wage is a form of wage theft. We will crack down on not only the subcontractors who steal workers’ wages and fail to pay apprenticeship training contributions, but also on the general contractors so we pub proper incentives on them to deal only with honest, law-abiding businesses in California.”

The entire news release can be viewed on line here:


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