Contractor allegedly did not pay workers for firehouse renovations

A state investigation revealed that $2.75 million is owed in back wages

The Bayonne Fire House, Engine 6, via Google Maps
The Bayonne Fire House, Engine 6, via Google Maps

Contractors who worked on renovations at the Bayonne Fire House, Engine 6 allegedly failed to properly pay their workers, according the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL).

Three Sons Restoration LLC of Union was assessed approximately $2.75 million in back wages, penalties, and fees following a NJDOL investigation into the contractor’s alleged failure to pay its employees the state prevailing wage at six job sites.

The NJDOL investigated Three Sons Restoration after finding wage violations at two of the contractor’s job sites in August 2019: Maurice Hawk Elementary School in West Windsor and Bayonne Fire House, Engine 6 in Bayonne.

The work on the firehouse included the installation of a new roof and new floors.

Both violations resulted in stop-work orders. These orders were the first such actions taken by the NJDOL following Gov. Phil Murphy’s expansion of the department’s enforcement authorities in July 2019.

Alleged violations in Jersey City

Additionally, the NJDOL’s Division of Wage and Hour Compliance found that at four worksites in Jersey City, Oakland, and Newark, Three Sons Restoration allegedly failed to pay appropriate prevailing wages to its employees. In some cases, they allegedly did not compensate employees at all.

Three Sons Restoration owes more than $1.17 million in back wages to more than 90 employees, according the NJDOL. The two original cases are being contested at the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law; the other four cases were not appealed, and the company has been debarred.

“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.”

The company was cited for various records violations and misclassification of workers on multiple projects.

As of December 2020, Three Sons Restoration has been debarred from bidding on or engaging in any public works projects in New Jersey for three years. Its registration as a public works contractor expired in June 2020 and has not been renewed.

Per state law, general contractors who employed Three Sons Restoration at their job sites can be held liable for the workers’ unpaid wages.

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