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Dept. of Labor reaches settlement for $5 million in back wages for workers on federally assisted project

MDG Design & Construction to pay contractors for failing to pay prevailing wages on rehab of New York apartment tower

July 01, 2014 |
Photo: Dept. of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor and MDG Design & Construction LLC have reached a settlement over wage violations atthe federally-assisted 26-story Grand Street Guild rehab project in New York City’s Lower East Side. MDG and other firms involved will pay $3.8 million in back wages and fringe benefits to about 200 of MDG’s subcontractors’ construction workers.

Previous investigations led to the repayment of more than $1.1 million in back wages to 300 laborers and mechanics who worked for MDG’s subcontractors.The contractors have also agreed to expansive compliance measures to prevent future violations.

The labor department’s Wage and Hour Division found numerous Davis-Bacon and Related Acts violations by MDG subcontractors, including failure to pay required prevailing wages and submitting inaccurate or falsified payroll records to the government. As part of the settlement, MDG will retain an independent monitor for three years with responsibilities for conducting regular reviews of the company and its subcontractors to confirm compliance with applicable wage and hour laws on all prevailing wage and federally-assisted projects.

In addition to MDG, the settlement agreement includes Charis Consulting LLC, Kona Contracting LLC, as well as Michael Rooney and Nicola DeAcetis — owners of all three companies — and Neys Escobar, an owner of Kona. All of the companies are based in Huntington Station, N. Y.


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