An Astoria contractor was found to have cheated three immigrant workers out of $735,000 in prevailing wages and benefits by City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Astoria General Contracting Corp. has been debarred from doing work with the city and state for five years related to its underpayment of three Latino workers who repaired and installed metal rolling doors or gates, grills and fences at various public schools around the city.
Astoria General, located at 35-34 31st Street, must pay more than $1.1 million in wages and benefits plus interest and civil penalties.
“My office has zero tolerance for unscrupulous contractors who attempt to cheat workers out of their rightfully owed prevailing wages and benefits,” Stringer said. “Paying workers a fair wage is not a choice, it’s the law. Three men are going to get the wages they deserve and another contractor has learned the hard way that we take our enforcement of the prevailing wage very seriously.”