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US Department of Labor recovers $46K in back wages for Indiana construction workers on federal projects

Employer:  Force Construction Company Inc., Columbus, Indiana

Investigation findings:  U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators recovered $46,125 in back wages for 35 employees after evaluating the company’s pay practices on 10 government contracts.

Investigators determined the construction company violated the Davis Bacon and Related Acts and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act by:

  • Exceeding the number of apprentices permitted under their respective apprenticeship programs in ratio to journeymen.
  • Failing to pay the applicable basic hourly rate to all laborers and mechanics on the job site. This resulted in overtime being calculated and paid at the wrong rate. Some workers were paid a percentage of the required rate when they should have been paid the full hourly rate.

Back Wages Recovered: $46,125 in overtime back wages for 35 employees.                                               

Quote: “As more companies negotiate contracts for projects under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, they must fully understand the specific wage rules that govern government contracts,” explained Acting Wage and Hour Division District Director Fernando Hernandez in Indianapolis.

Background: Learn more about Protections for Workers in Construction under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division and how to file an online complaint. For confidential compliance assistance, employees and employers can call the agency’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243), regardless of where they are from.

Download the agency’s new Timesheet App for iOS and Android devices – also available in Spanish –to ensure hours and pay are accurate.

Wage and Hour Division
March 22, 2023
Release Number
23-564- CHI
Media Contact: Scott Allen
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Media Contact: Rhonda Burke
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