November 3, 2015
By Tara Jessup
New York, NY– Astoria General Contracting Corp., a non-union company, has been debarred from doing work with New York City and State for five years related to their underpayment of three Latino immigrant workers who repaired and installed metal doors at various public schools in New York City.
My office has zero tolerance for unscrupulous contractors who attempt to cheat workers out of their rightfully-owed prevailing wages and benefits,” Comptroller Stringer said. “Paying workers a fair wage is not a choice, it’s the law. Three men are going to get the wages they deserve and another contractor has learned the hard way that we take our enforcement of prevailing wage very seriously.”The case of the three individuals was originally referred to Comptroller Stringer’s office by the New York City Department of Education.
The firm had falsified certified payroll records by completely omitting two of the employees and reporting payment of prevailing wages and benefits to the third. The Comptroller’s Office determined that Astoria General paid its three employees salaries ranging from $800 to $1500 per week in cash or gross check.Together with interest and civil penalty, the total violation assessed was over $1.1 million, which includes $735,000 in unpaid prevailing wages and benefits, $191,349 in interest and $231,633 in civil penalties.