Oklahoma compliance investigation nets workers’ pay

February 18, 2016

TCLG’s compliance team found Davis-Bacon violations in Oklahoma while monitoring projects for the Oklahoma Construction and Building Trades. Wiljo Interiors Inc. in Tulsa paid more than $200,000 in unpaid wages and benefits to 178 misclassified construction workers after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division.

The investigation found that Wiljo violated overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act. The company also did not pay proper prevailing wage rates or fringe benefits under the Davis-Bacon Act.

“Contractors not playing by the rules will eventually get caught,” said Israel Torres, TCLG’s managing partner. “Every worker deserves a fair wage for the job they are doing.”

The TCLG compliance team monitored the project at the Riverside Indian Academic High School on behalf of the Oklahoma Construction and Building Trades and partnered with the DOL and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to bring these violations to light.

TCLG aggressively investigates prevailing wage complaints on municipal, state and federal construction contracts. The firm regularly files public records requests to review payrolls in an effort to ensure a fair playing field among contractors.

TCLG provides a variety of consulting services, including regulatory compliance and public and government relations, to clients across the United States. A specialty is Davis- Bacon and prevailing wage compliance for local unions, contractor associations and building trades’ organizations.