A recent decision following an investigation by the New Orleans District Office Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor tied a Louisiana general contractor to the employment of drywall installers hired by a subcontractor for work on several residential and commercial projects. The workers were misclassified as independent contractors and denied overtime wages for the time they worked each week over 40 hours. The subcontractor, Escapade Acoustic Drywall from Lafayette, and the general contractor, Lloyd N. Moreau LLC of Pineville were found to have a joint employment relationship and are both being held responsible for the workers’ back wages.
A press release from the US Department of Labor earlier this month explains the problem with the growing practice of worker misclassification / payroll fraud.
“The practice is a serious threat both to workers entitled to good, safe jobs, and employers who obey the law. Too often workers are deprived of overtime and minimum wages, and forced to pay taxes that their employers are legally obligated to pay. Honest employers have a difficult time competing against scofflaws.” Read more » about Contractor Found to be Equally Responsible for Sub’s Hiring Fraud