The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division reports that it recovered $288,341 in back wages for eight workers after a commercial roofing contractor incorrectly classified its employees.

According to the division, CHU Contracting out of Chantilly, Va., had the workers performing sheet metal work on a federally funded project at the Potomac Yard Metro Station in Alexandria, Va. By incorrectly classifying the workers as laborers and roofers, the employer failed to pay the proper prevailing wages, holiday and overtime rates, which are violations of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

“Employers cannot improperly classify employees and deny them required pay and fringe benefits,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Nicholas Fiorello in Baltimore. “Contractors should take time to review worker classifications and wage determinations due to the variances in hourly rates on federal projects. We encourage employers to ask questions if they are uncertain to avoid costly violations.”

Founded in 1998, CHU Contracting offers a wide range of services, including low- and steep-slope roofing, exterior cladding, sheet metal fabrication, spray foam insulation and air barrier and waterproofing.

For information on Davis-Bacon compliance with Bilateral Infrastructure Law, the Davis-Bacon Act, the Service Contract Act, and other federal wage laws, call the department’s toll-free helpline at 1-866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or visit the Wage and Hour Division online.