Shaun Zinck Aug. 27, 2015, 2:10pm


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - A real estate agent is suing Megadoor USA, alleging failure to provide a prevailing wage for its contractors and subcontractors violating federal law.

John McFarland, on behalf of himself and the United States, filed the lawsuit Aug. 13 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Jacksonville Division against the door manufacturer Megadoor USA.

Megadoor, a division of the Swedish company ASSA ABLOY, manufactures and installs vertical lifting fabric doors including at federal military facilities, the lawsuit said. McFarland was a subcontractor for the company between 1998 and 2003 and an employee between 2003 and 2014.

The lawsuit alleges the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts requires employers to pay contractors or subcontractors working on federally funded contracts worth more than $2,000 the local prevailing wage, plus fringe benefits.

McFarland alleges the company regularly “underpays its employees on government contracts, by pay less than prevailing DBRA wages.”

“Megadoor keeps its workers unaware of whether they are entitled to DBRA wages or what those wages are by refusing to post the federally-mandated Davis-Bacon posters at its job sites,” the lawsuit said.

McFarland seeks civil penalties between $5,500 and $11,000 for each violation of federal law. The United States government elected to decline intervention in the case, according to court documents. However, the government said McFarland is allowed to maintain the United States as a named plaintiff in the case.

McFarland is represented by attorneys Julie K. Bracker and Jason Marcus of Bracker & Marcus in Marietta, Ga., and Jill S. Schwartz and Christopher A. Pace of Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, in Winter Park, Fla.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida-Jacksonville Division case number 3:15-cv-00680.

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