A New York construction company will pay $76,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of failing to pay some of its workers for several weeks, said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday.
Stonehenge Restoration and its owners, Sulajman Koci and Witold Matejkowski, failed to pay 21 workers on construction projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The settlement totaled $76,429 and will go to pay those wages and liquidated damages.
"The most basic right as a worker is to be paid for your labor," Schneiderman said. "Hard-working New Yorkers deserve to be treated fairly and my office will continue to hold companies accountable when they fail to pay wages to their employees."
The investigation in Stonehenge revealed the company didn't pay workers for two to six weeks between January 2014 and March 2015. Two employees were owed about $6,000, and the other workers were owed between $2,500 and $4,000.
"Unfortunately wage theft is a problem that is running rampart throughout the construction industry," said Robert Bonanza, Business Manager of the Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York. "Hard working men and women expect nothing more than a fair day’s pay for a fair’s day’s work. Once again Attorney General Scheinderman and his office have sent a message loud and clear – wage theft will not be tolerated in New York.”