- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Officials say a Louisiana subcontractor was erroneously paying laborer’s wages to three skilled workers on a federally-funded housing project in Baton Rouge and has agreed to pay more than $33,000 in back wages.

The U.S. Department of Labor, in a news release Wednesday, said investigators found Pete’s Plumbing of Livingston Parish LLC in violation of laws requiring employers to pay prevailing wages on federally-funded projects. The investigators say the Denham Springs subcontractor misclassified the three plumbers as “laborers,” cheating them of nearly $11 per hour. As laborers, they earned between $18 and $25.54 per hour, well below the prevailing wage rate of $36.27 per hour owed to plumbers.

Following the investigation, officials said Pete’s Plumbing agreed to pay $33,951 in back wages to Karl Fusilier and his co-workers.

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