DENVER — Six plaintiffs recently filed an unpaid overtime lawsuit against several construction contractors, including Denver-based Javier Martinez Drywall, alleging they grossly underpaid their workers and took part in sexual and racial discrimination.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs speculate as many as 1,000 plaintiffs could eventually be a part of the suit but for the time being six named and 50 unnamed plaintiffs are part of the claim.
In addition to the Denver-based drywall contractor, named defendants to the suit include The Circle Group of Atlanta, LA Drywall of Florida, Gulf Coast Construction of Georgia and three other defendants who allegedly acted as supervisors for them.
The companies were working on completing the 26-story, 354 unit SkyHouse Denver luxury high-rise apartment building in Denver, Colorado.
Media reports suggest many of the workers were vulnerable classes of employees, mostly non-English speaking individuals brought in from out of state to construct the structure. The lawsuit suggests job duties were divided up amongst racial and gender lines, with men and particularly white workers given higher paying jobs.
Employees Worked Nine Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week Without Overtime
According to the unpaid overtime lawsuit, at least one plaintiff may have been underpaid for as much as 100 hours of pay, some of which was overtime pay for hours worked over the threshold for time and a half.
Furthermore, the class action federal overtime lawsuit claims many workers on the project ended up earning less than minimum wage since they were not paid for the total hours they spent on the job.
Employees worked up to nine-hours a day for seven days a week but were never properly compensated for the full amount of time they put into their jobs, according to the complaint.
Many of the workers were allegedly hired by staffing agencies to fulfill the labor needs of the project. A large number of these workers came in from out of state and had to reimburse the staffing agency for their transportation to Denver to work on site as part of their agreement with the employment agency.
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