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If you performed work or are performing construction work on a federal or District of Columbia contract, as an equipment operator, a carpenter, finisher, painter, brick lawyer, electrician or any one of dozens of other job classifications, you are probably entitled to "scaled" or "prevailing wages" under the federal Davis Bacon Act, federal Service Contractors Act or local District of Columbia laws. These wages range from about $20 per hour to over $50 per hour, depending on the job classification.
Or, if you are a security guard working in an Office Building in the District of Columbia you are entitled to be paid minimum wages of approximately $21.17 per hour and possibly a higher wage if you are a special police officer.
Violations are all too common!
Although employers covered by these laws are required to pay the minimum wages set by the Department of Labor, many violate the law so that they can keep more profit for themselves at the expense of hard working laborers like you.
If your employer is violating the law, you have rights!
If your employer is violating the law, you can recover your unpaid wages and may be entitled to extra damages called liquidated damages. Those are damages in excess of your actual unpaid wages and are designed to provide extra compensation to you and punish an employer who violates the law. More generous liquidated damages awards (three times the amount of losses) are available for employees who work in the District of Columbia at least 50 percent of the time or for employees who work primarily outside of the District of Columbia for employers with offices in the District of Columbia.
How far back can I go to seek unpaid wages for past work?
You can recover unpaid or underpaid wages for work you performed as far back as three years ago. Additionally, if your employer failed to give you written notice of the exact wages it was obligated to pay, you may be able to bring a claim for work performed as far back as six years ago.
Do you have questions?
If you have questions about this, contact an attorney who is experienced with the Davis Bacon Act, Service Contractors Act and local District of Columbia wage laws.
*This information on this blog is not nor is it intended be legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your particular situation.