CA Labor Commissioner Files Suit Against Out-of-State Contractors for Wage Theft
San Francisco—State Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet is suing a Florida general contractor and its subcontractors for wage violations involving construction workers at two apartment renovation projects in Pacifica. The civil lawsuit was filed in San Mateo County Superior Court today and seeks nearly $400,000.
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), began its investigation after the company’s employees filed wage claims. The investigation found that the subcontractors failed to pay over $121,000 in minimum wage and overtime to 30 workers. The lawsuit also seeks penalties, liquidated damages and attorney fees totaling more than $275,000.
The defendants named in the lawsuit include general contractor ZMG Construction and subcontractors Lake’s Construction and EQ Master Construction. All three companies are based in Florida, and the two subcontractors are not licensed in California.
“Out of state contractors need to understand that they cannot come to California, violate state law and take advantage of California’s employees,” said Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet. “California workers are the backbone of our economy and this case is our latest court battle in support of their rights.”