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October 30, 2009

Attorney General Koster announces judgment in prevailing wage case

--company pays Springfield schools $16,750--

Springfield, Mo.-Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has obtained a consent judgment against Advantage Telecom, Inc., for alleged violations of Missouri's Prevailing Wage Law.

Koster said the contracting company was awarded a public works project to install a communications and computer system for the Springfield R-12 School District. He said a Division of Labor Standards review of the company's payroll records found that the company made underpayments of the appropriate prevailing wage to 22 workers on the project.

Under the judgment, Advantage Telecom, Inc., agreed to comply with the requirements of the Missouri Prevailing Wage laws and pay civil penalties in the amount of $16,750 to the Springfield R-12 School District.

Koster said Missouri's Prevailing Wage Law requires that anyone employed to work on a public works project be paid a wage no less than the prevailing hourly rate for similar work in the locality.

"Missouri's prevailing wage law has been clear for more than 50 years; prevailing wages must be paid on Missouri's public works and construction projects," Koster said. "The Attorney General's office will aggressively enforce this law and pursue charges against any contractor who violates the prevailing wage law and does not pay workers what they are due."



 
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