BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Louisiana subcontractor allegedly paid laborer's wages to a plumber, Karl Fusilier, while he was working on the federally funded Choctaw Lodge project in Baton Rouge.
The U.S. Department of Labor requires skilled workers to be paid properly, but the subcontractor misclassified three plumbers, cheating them out of more than $10 per hour.
The investigation, conducted by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor, found that Pete's Plumbing of Livingston Parish, llc allegedly misclassified the three plumbers as "laborers" and paid them well below the rate of $36.27 per hour they should have been compensated.
After the investigation, which was initiated by the division's New Orleans District Office, Pete's Plumbing was order to pay $33,951 in back wages to Fusilier and his co-workers.
Fusilier says the money couldn't have come at a better time and plans to fix the roof of his house, put some money in the bank, and take a fishing vacation.