TCLG Helps Washington Workers Claim Back Wages

October 12, 2018


Contact: Laura Garcia, 602-626-8805


TEMPE, Ariz. – October 12, 2018 – Our prevailing wage compliance division was at it again, helping recover more than $354,000 in back wages and benefits owed to workers.

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries Prevailing Wage Program (L&I), in response to a complaint filed by TCLG, found that Crane Nuclear, Inc. (Crane), a Kennesaw Georgia-based contractor, misclassified workers on the Columbia Generation Stations Biennial Refueling & Maintenance Outage 2017-23 project in Richland, Washington. During the course of the investigation, L&I determined that Crane misclassified and underpaid its employees when Crane used an incorrect scope to determine the classifications and rates of wages for employees.  Crane agreed to pay $354,282.88 in back wages.

“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 Washington Prevailing Wage Act requires contractors on public works projects to pay tradesmen, laborers and mechanics a prevailing wage set by the State of Washington. 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.