FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2009
CA Labor Commissioner debars Campbell based contractor from public works projects
San Francisco—March 30—In a continuing enforcement effort of California's public works laws, the State Labor Commissioner issued an Order of Debarment against All Floor Commercial and Residential Flooring of Campbell and company owner, Salvador Elias Perera, prohibiting them from bidding on or receiving any public works projects for three years. The prohibition, officially known as a debarment, begins on May 15, 2009.
“Our investigation revealed serious violations of the public works laws and a clear intent of fraud against employees and the awarding bodies on two separate projects,” stated California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet. “I cannot allow a company to continue operating while deliberately taking advantage of their employees and the tax payers who fund these public works projects.”
The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner’s Office) investigation uncovered violations of California’s public works laws at two separate library projects, one in Santa Clara County the other in Monterey County. With the work done in 2007 and 2008, investigators uncovered evidence that All Floor Commercial and Residential Flooring willfully and fraudulently:
The investigation revealed that the contractor maintained two separate set of books in which they falsely reported dates, hours and projects that employees worked on. In addition, the contractor routinely misclassified employees as lower paid laborers to avoid paying the higher wage. In some cases they were paid less then half the required prevailing wage for their true classification.
“The debarment proceedings are necessary to remove employers operating in an illegal manner at taxpayer expense and to the detriment of employees on public works projects,” added Bradstreet. “The action that I am taking will help to create a level playing field for legitimate employers operating in this tough economic time.”
The DLSE adjudicates wage claims, investigates discrimination and public works complaints, and enforces state labor law and Industrial Welfare Commission wage orders. For more information on prevailing wage, visit DIR Web site at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlsr/.
Employees with work-related questions or complaints can call the Workers’ Information Hotline at 1-866-924-9757.
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