An Atlanta TV station’s investigative report uncovered a Paulding County construction company’s efforts to circumvent federal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage laws and then, when caught by the U.S. Department of Labor again, attempt to avoid paying workers a fair wage for their work by changing their job descriptions to lower-paying classifications.
Fox 5 Atlanta’s Randy Travis reports that the workers were being paid less than half of the required wage on a project funded by federal Economic Recovery Act money. Joe Hinely, an organizer for the Operating Engineers (IUOE), tells Travis the other half of the wages “went into their [the owners’] pockets.”
The company eventually settled with the Labor Department and agreed to pay more than $128,000 in back wages, but Hinely told the station that there are many contractors in Georgia who evade Davis-Bacon wage requirements and he hopes the Department of Labor cracks down on those firms.
Watch the investigative report and leave your comments. The workers also say they were required to attend biweekly Bible study sessions at 6 a.m. and those charges are covered in the first part of the video.