SAN JOSE, CA — Judgment against Aero Automatic Sprinkler Company, a subsidiary of Kiewit Corporation, in favor of six sprinkler fitter former employees, was entered in the Northern District Court of California on June 30, 2015, according to court documents. The sprinkler fitters were also awarded their attorneys’ fees. Court records show Aero allowed the judgment and order to be entered against it in favor of the six workers. Attorney Lisa Bradner of Rose Law says this comes after Aero admitted in letters to its employees it found “payroll errors,” although Aero continues to deny wrongdoing.
Bradner says in November, 2014, Aero mailed payroll checks for overdue unpaid wages to approximately 100 other sprinkler fitter employees, but required the workers to waive all possible claims against Aero and promise not to sue, even for claims the workers may not know of, to cash their paychecks. Rose Law will soon file a second federal lawsuit on behalf of those 100 sprinkler fitters who received checks, under California’s Private Attorney General Act and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, to recover penalties against Aero for alleged violations of labor laws. The U.S. District Court authorized Rose Law to send notice of the claims to those 100 workers. The same federal judge ordered Aero to hand over the sprinkler fitters’ contact information and the sprinkler fitters should receive letters soon from Rose Law.
The workers were denied payment under the California Labor Code of minimum prevailing wages, overtime wages, travel, daily subsistence, health and welfare payments for work large commercial construction projects throughout California, says Bradner. The workers were also denied mandatory rest periods, and Aero failed to employ apprentice fire sprinkler fitters on California public works projects, the lawsuit will allege. Rose Law attorneys allege Aero failed to fully and adequately reimburse sprinkler fitters for necessary expenditures, including required cell phones. Any current or former employee of Aero may contact Rose Law for more information at 1-800-456-3767, or visit www.joeroselaw.com/aero.
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