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$1.4 Million In Back Wages Due To Employees Of Plumbing And Heating Contractors


Four Long Island plumbing and heating contractors are in hot water with the Department of Labor after more than 300 past and current employees filed a grievance against them. The contractors engaged in routine behavior that violated New York and federal labor laws that shorted their employees compensation by millions of dollars. So far, the lawsuit has recovered $1.4 million in unpaid wages and fines for the employees cheated from receiving the wages they earned.

Most of the unpaid wages were from years of systematically depriving employees of overtime. The contractors only paid the employees straight time instead of the time and a half for overtime that is required by New York and Federal law. This is common in the world of manual labor. Contractors exploit employees and often get away with it because too few employees assert their rights and hire an experienced New York City employee rights attorney to recover the money they have earned.  

The majority of the wage theft victims in this case were misclassified as independent contractors by their employers. Independent contractors are not required to be paid overtime. Relatively few people in the workforce count as independent contractors. Essentially, if someone is routinely telling you what to do and how to do it, you probably are not an independent contractor.

The victims in this case probably did not recover the full amount of damages that they were owed because they waited too long to assert their rights. Between the statute of limitations and the loss of evidence, the amount the wage theft victims were able to recover was reduced. If you believe you are the victim of wage theft, speak with one of the knowledgeable  New York City employee rights attorneys at Hepworth, Gershbaum & Roth, PLLC as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the full value of the wages you have earned.

The team of New York City wage theft attorneys at Hepworth, Gershbaum & Roth, PLLC are here to answer  questions about your legal rights and how to fight for unpaid wages. You may be losing out on thousands of dollars with each day you wait, so contact us today. Call our New York City office at 212-545-1199 or online to schedule a free, confidential  initial consultation.




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