TRENTON, NJ – A contractor that participated in the restoration of a rood structure at the Jersey City Main Public Library has been assessed approximately $2.75 million in back wages, penalties, and fees following a New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) investigation into the contractor’s failure to pay its employees the state prevailing wage at six job sites across New Jersey. 

The announcement was made by the NJDOL via a press release on Wednesday.  

In total, Three Sons Restoration owes more than $1.17 million in back wages to more than 90 employees, across six work sites including also in Bayonne, West Windsor, Oakland, and Newark, the statement read. 21 of these employees were on the Jersey City project and shorted more than $45,000 in wages. 

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While the two original cases are being contested, including one that involved the refurbishment of a Bayonne Fire House, the other four were not appealed and the determination is final, and as a result, the firm has been debarred from bidding on or engaging in any public works projects in New Jersey for three years.

“These workers are doing an honest day’s work but not getting the honest day’s pay they deserve,” said Assistant Commissioner Joseph Petrecca of the Division of Wage and Hour Compliance. “It is theft, and it is unlawful. Although we know the vast majority of our employers are honest, it is our job to protect our workers from those who refuse to treat their employees fairly and in accordance with the law.” 

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