Megadoor sued for allegedly failing to pay contractors prevailing wage

Shaun Zinck Aug. 25, 2015, 9:41am


Megadoor USA is being sued for allegedly failing to provide a prevailing wage for its contractors and subcontractors violating federal law.

John McFarland filed the lawsuit on behalf of himself and the United States on Aug. 13 in U.S. District Court in Florida against the door manufacturer.

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

The lawsuit claims the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts requires employers to pay contractors or subcontractors working on federally funded contracts worth more than $2,000 to be paid 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 jobsites,” the lawsuit said.

McFarland is seeking civil penalties against the company 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 Julie K. Bracker and Jason Marcus of Bracker & Marcus LLC in Marietta, Ga., and Jill S. Schwartz and Christopher A. Pace of Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A. in Winter Park.

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

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