US Labor Department Secures Almost $2M in Back Wages and Benefits from Federally-Funded Solar Energy Project

The money will go to nearly 150 workers

The DOL has recovered $1,914,681.50 in back wages and fringe benefits for 147 workers at Proimtu Mmi-Nv LLC, a Henderson-based subcontractor providing construction services at the federally funded Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah. The project received a $737 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy, according to a news release.

“The money we’ve recovered for these workers is not a windfall – it is their hard-earned pay that their employer was legally obligated to pay them but did not,” said Dr. David Weil, administrator of the department’s Wage and Hour Division. “Companies that benefit from federal funding must see to it that the money is used properly, and that their workers are compensated according to the law.”

Investigators established that from June 2013 through April 2014, Proimtu Mmi-Nv failed to pay workers the correct prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits for their particular job duties. The contractor paid “general laborers” rates to workers that routinely performed duties in skilled trades, such as ironworking, electrical work, painting or bridge crane operation that should have commanded fringe benefits and prevailing wages of up to two times more than they were paid.

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