While all Ohio employers are required to comply with wage and hour regulations established by law, there is a special statute that applies to companies retained to work on public improvement projects. Ohio’s law on prevailing wages covers the compensation rate for certain employees, and it also includes numerous provisions regarding additional benefits. Unfortunately, many companies either do not understand their obligations or completely ignore them. An employer’s failure to pay prevailing wages violates both the law and your rights as an employee.
It may come as a relief to know that you have options under Ohio law, so you may be able to recover back wages and other losses when you are not paid in accordance with prevailing wage laws. Our lawyers at Coffman Legal, LLC can explain in more detail, so please contact our firm to schedule a free consultation with one of our Canton prevailing wages attorneys. An overview may also be helpful.
Ohio laws require contractors and subcontractors to pay the prevailing wage when working on public works and improvement projects. However, the concept of prevailing wages covers more than just an hourly rate; qualifying employees are entitled to life insurance, pensions, health insurance, and many other benefits established by law. Ohio employers may violate the relevant regulations by: Failing to pay the proper wage for the correct classification; Not paying for overtime or forcing employees to work off the clock; Misclassifying employees for purposes of overtime exemptions; Making illegal deductions for food, accommodations, or transportation; Misclassifying skilled workers; Failure to maintain comprehensive time records; Neglecting to submit certified payroll reports; and Many other forms of misconduct.
These laws apply to all new construction that are financed in whole or part by public funds estimated to cost in excess of $250,000; for renovation projects, the threshold amount is $75,000. On the employees’ side, prevailing wage laws cover unionized tradespeople, including painters, bricklayers, boilermakers, plumbers, roofers, ironworkers, and many other positions. If you are a covered worker and your Ohio employer violated prevailing wage laws, you may be able to recover back pay, interest, attorneys’ fees, and many other forms of compensation. Our Canton prevailing wages lawyers at Coffman Legal, LLC can assist with the legal process by: Gathering evidence regarding prevailing wage violations, which may involve extensive and/or forensic investigation; Engaging in settlement discussions with your employer in an attempt to resolve your prevailing wage claim; and Filing a lawsuit in court to get the monetary damages you deserve.
As you can see, it can be difficult to recognize violations of prevailing wages laws and even more challenging to navigate the legal process on your own. Instead of putting your rights at risk, trust our team at Coffman Legal, LLC to advocate on your behalf. You can set up a no-cost case evaluation with a Canton prevailing wages lawyer by calling 614-949-1181 or filling out our online form.