TCLG Helps More New Mexico Workers Claim Back Wages

January 29, 2018

Contact: Laura Garcia, 602-626-8805

TEMPE, Ariz. – January 29, 2018 – Our prevailing wage compliance division was at it again, helping recover more than $25,000 in back wages and benefits owed to workers in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), in response to a complaint filed by TCLG, found that Controlled Air & Metal Co. Inc. (CAMCO), a Gallup-based contractor, misclassified workers on the Del Norte Elementary School project in Gallup, New Mexico. During the course of the investigation, NMDWS determined that while CAMCO reported employees as sheet metal workers earning sheet metal wages and benefits, the daily employee time card documents reflected that employees actually were paid as laborers.  CAMCO agreed to pay $25,271.94 in back wages and benefits.

“Our compliance team is committed to making a difference in the lives of working families,” said Israel Torres, TCLG’s managing partner. “Workers deserve to be paid for the skilled work they perform.”

The New Mexico Public Works Minimum Wage Act requires contractors on public works projects to pay tradesmen, laborers and mechanics a prevailing wage set by the NMDWS. Contractors sometimes try to circumvent the law by misclassifying workers and by hiring lower-cost laborers to do the exact work of the skilled trades.

TCLG aggressively monitors prevailing wage projects on municipal, state and federal construction contracts for compliance. We provide 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.