Sections

Austin St. temp agencies probed

Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like TimesLedger on Facebook.

The settlement came after several workers complained in March that their contractor, Advanced Contracting Corp., had stiffed them out of overtime wages during the projects, which they were sent to by two staffing agencies that operated out of the same basement office on Austin Street in Forest Hills.An investigation found that the laborers were paid $7.50 an hour regardless of how long they worked, Spitzer said. State federal law requires they be paid time and a half, or $11.25, for each hour worked overtime."Workers who work long hours must be paid the wages to which they are entitled," Spitzer said. "My office remains committed to aggressively looking at companies that fail to meet their responsibilities for payment of wages."According to the attorney general's investigation, Advanced Contracting did not pay the two referral agencies -- R. Friends Cleaners and Mer Sites Services -- enough money for them to give the workers the overtime to which they were entitled. The $495,876.70 settlement also holds Advanced liable for any future unpaid wages owed to hundreds of other workers referred to them by staffing agencies, Spitzer said.Advanced did not return calls made to its office in Manhattan.The two Forest Hills staffing agencies were set up to supply low-wage demolition workers. Advanced was their only client, according to Spitzer. An investigation into the agencies is continuing, he said.A message left at Mer Sites went unreturned. R. Friends could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for the attorney general said a plan is being put in place to distribute the funds to laborers who were hired by Advance between Dec. 21, 1999 and March 22, 2005. He did not know the location or number of the actual projects or how many laborers have so far come forward. Any laborers who may be eligible for compensation from the settlement should contact the Attorney General's Labor Bureau at 212-416-8700.Reach reporter Zach Patberg at news@timesledger.com or at 718-229-0300, Ext. 155.

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like TimesLedger on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group