prevailing wage

$4.9 Million Prevailing Wage Class Action Settlement Approved

Beranbaum Menken, along with Fay Law Group PLLC of Washington DC and Goldstein, Borgen Dardarian & Ho in Oakland, CA, represent a class of employees working for SimplexGrinnell, one of the largest fire alarm, sprinkler, and building safety companies in the U.S. The lawsuit claimed that Simplex failed to pay its workers the prevailing wages mandated by California law for their fire alarm and sprinkler workers who performed work, particularly testing and inspection work, on public projects in California. In March of 2014, the plaintiffs won a significant victory when Judge Tigar from the U.S. District Court, Northen District of California held that Simplex violated California law by refusing to pay prevailing wages for public testing and inspection work. Yesterday, Judge Tigar approved a class action settlement that will pay the class and their attorneys $4.9 million for their unpaid prevailing wages. Simplex is also obligated to pay prevailing wages for all testing and inspection work in the future.

Prevailing Wages Continue to Go Unpaid

New York law requires that employees who do construction, repair, service or maintenance work on public job sites (like state- or city- owned buildings such as schools, prisons, public housing developments and public hospitals) must be paid a higher-than-minimum wage (sometimes as much as $75/hour). They also must either receive health benefits or be paid an hourly supplemental benefits rate. This ensures that private contractors can’t undermine union workers by paying less than union wages. However, many non-unionized employees aren’t aware of these laws, and employers exploit that fact by paying them less than they’re owed. Beranbaum Menken aggressively litigates prevailing wage cases in New York and throughout the country. We are one of the leading firms in this area, with years of experience and specialized knowledge.

Beranbaum Menken recently reached a $5.5 million settlement on behalf of a class of nearly 500 New York state and city fire alarm and sprinkler technicians at Simplex Grinnell LP, the largest fire alarm and sprinkler company in the world. WE are currently litigating similar cases against SimplexGrinnel in New Jersey and California. We are also litigating prevailing wage cases on behalf of roofers working at All Roofing Corp., Rashel Construction Corp. Biltmore General Contractors Inc., and Triangle General Contracting, Inc.

Contact us if you think you may be owed prevailing wages, or for more information about any of the cases discussed above.

Settlement Approved in Class Action Prevailing Wage Case

On July 18, 2012, preliminary approval was granted for a $5.5 million settlement in Ramos v. SimplexGrinell LP, settling the claims of 600 employees against the company. The suit was brought by Beranbaum Menken and joined by co-counsel Mehri & Skalet, in D.C. The suit claimed that sprinkler and fire alarm workers were entitled to the “prevailing wage” and supplemental benefit payments for all work conducted on public projects in the state of New York. If the settlement is fully approved at a hearing, to be held on October 3, 2012, some class members will receive up to $60,000 in settlement payments. To learn more about prevailing wage law, click here.