|Working on the roads this summer? Make sure you're paid.|
Laura Plzak, the owner of Loretto's Honda Electric, is finally facing charges for skimping on $242,000 worth of wages due to 22 employees. After a five-year investigation by the FBI and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Laura and her husband, Jeffrey, confessed to forging timesheets to hide the fact that workers were being paid well under promised rates.
In 2010, Honda Electric won a contract to work on a construction project near Interstate 35W and Interstate 694. As it was a publicly funded project, workers were entitled to a prevailing wage that is calculated to reflect the standard wage for a specific job in an area. For example, in Hennepin County electricians are supposed to earn $62.61 an hour.
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