Prevailing Wage

Fighting to recover your unpaid wages and benefits

Are you paid the proper rate?

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Many of California’s construction projects are funded by government funds. Workers involved in these “public works” projects are required to be paid certain minimum wage rates set by the State of California for each different trade, and they are protected under California’s Prevailing Wage Law.

Unfortunately, many contractors will do just about anything to get government contracts – including paying their employees less than the minimum required prevailing wage. In a race-to-the-bottom, many contractors knowingly fail to pay the prevailing wage so that they can be the lowest bidder on a public work.

At Donahoo & Associates, we have a long history of success in Prevailing Wage disputes. We know how to investigate these situations and present a strong case for our clients in negotiation and litigation.

Fighting for the Pay You Deserve

The State of California publishes general “prevailing wage” determinations twice each year. These wage determinations set the wage rate for workers on public works projects.  These are the rates that must be paid. If a contractors does not pay these rates, they are violating the law.

When your employer violates the law and pays you less than the prevailing wage, our experienced team of attorneys will be on your side. We have extensive wage and hour law experience, including at trial and appeals, and we will aggressively represent your interests.

Many of our clients who are not receiving prevailing wages struggle with similar concerns and questions, such as:

  • My coworkers are paid more than me for doing the same job. Is that illegal?
  • I’ve heard that other construction companies pay their employees more than I get. How can I find out if I make less than the prevailing wage?
  • I know my employer is paying me less than the prevailing wage. How do I force them to pay me the wages I deserve?
  • I think I was misclassified by my employer, and I have not been paid overtime. What can I do to get payment for the hours I have worked?

Prevailing Wage Job Classifications

Prevailing Wage AttorneyCalifornia’s Prevailing Wage Laws sets wage rates for worker trades or “classifications.” These classifications include many different trades. Common classifications include:

  • Laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • Iron Worker
  • Journeyman
  • Cement Mason
  • Fence Builder
  • Teamster
  • Painter
  • Landscaper
  • Boilermaker
  • Pile Driver
  • Drywall Installer
  • Hazardous Material
  • Asbestos Worker
  • Operating Engineer
  • Parking & Highway Improvement

We have recovered millions of dollars in damages for workers in cases similar to yours. Call 877.788.5353 or contact us online for a free and comprehensive legal analysis of your case or issue.You work too hard to be paid less than the prevailing wage. Focused on strong client communication, we will listen to your concerns and explain how California’s employment laws apply to your situation. If your employer is violating the Prevailing Wage Law, we will aggressively protect your interests.

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