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Unpaid Prevailing Wages on Public Projects

Virginia & Ambinder, LLP has the leading prevailing wage practice in New York and New Jersey, and has one of the largest prevailing wage practices in the nation. Our experienced and talented lawyers have handled hundreds of prevailing wage lawsuits, successfully recovering unpaid wages in excess of $75 million for over 10,000 workers.

On New York City public works projects, you should be receiving wages such as: 

Q. Do I need to be in a union to be paid the prevailing wage rate?

A: No. Every worker is entitled to be paid the prevailing wage rate on a public or government job, regardless of union membership.

Over the past twenty years, Virginia & Ambinder, LLP has vigorously litigated against contractors and subcontractors, big and small, on behalf of tradespeople such as electricians, plumbers, steamfitters, Asbestos workers and insulators, sprinkler-fitters, carpenters, iron workers, laborers, painters, concrete or cement workers, roofers, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, and tile workers. Our firm has one of the largest prevailing wage practices in the nation.

Q: My employer decided that I am a “helper” or “apprentice” to another worker because I help this worker by doing things like carrying materials. Is this the right classification?

A: No. There is no such thing as a “helper.” Also, only an employee is that is individually registered in an apprenticeship program that is duly registered with the Commissioner of Labor is considered an “apprentice.” Your employer is not allowed to avoid paying you the proper prevailing wages by classifying you as an “apprentice.”

If you believe that your employer has not been paying you at the prevailing wage rate, in violation of federal and state law, contact us to schedule an initial consultation. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with weekend and late-evening appointments available by pre-arrangement. All of our consultations are free and confidential. Spanish, Polish, and Russian language services are available.

Virginia & Ambinder – Where Labor Goes to Win. 

Are you owed unpaid prevailing wages? We've successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients.