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Builder Fined in Wage Case, General Contractor Also Liable (1)

May 30, 2019, 1:37 PMUpdated: May 30, 2019, 9:36 PM

A Southern California construction company was fined nearly $600,000 for allegedly failing to pay workers, and for the first time under a 2017 state law, a general contractor has been fined for a subcontractor’s wage violations.

The Labor Commissioner’s Office hit Universal Structural Building Corp., based in Chatsworth, Calif., with $597,933 in fines for allegedly failing to pay construction workers on two projects, in Hollywood and Ventura, the state Department of Industrial Relations said May 29. The general contractor on the project, J.H. McCormick Inc., was held jointly and severally responsible for $68,657 of citations.

McCormick had “no knowledge” that...

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