Apr 15, 2016
Over the past year, Prevailing Wage Investigator Stan Cuba uncovered more than $14,000 in underpayment to employees of a single tenant finish contractor at Denver International Airport. “Three workers were getting paid as laborers, but performing more skilled work,” Cuba explained.
Alfonzo Flores and two other workers were awarded between $3,000 and $6,000 each in back pay for performing painting, carpentry, tile setting and shuttle bus driving work. When Cuba interviewed the workers on their duties and compared their classification as laborers in the payroll submitted by the contractor, he found the discrepancy.
“This case is a perfect example of why field work is necessary to enforce the Prevailing Wage ordinance,” observed Carol Carter, who handles administrative tasks for the Prevailing Wage division. “Without actually talking to the workers, you have only the payroll record showing how they were classified by the employer. Paying employees as laborers while they are actually doing more skilled work is one of the common Prevailing Wage violations.”
“The company, Rand Corporation readily adjusted these employees’ pay to the proper amount,” said Cuba, a 16-year veteran of the division. “The proper pay is not only fair to the workers, but it puts all those who bid on City construction projects on an even playing field with respect to labor costs. The contractors know what the wages will be going in, taking some of the risk out of the bidding process.”