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LeBeau agrees to pay to settle Labor Department probe

By WILL ASTOR - 12/17/2012 3:10:37 PM

Local promoter James LeBeau has agreed to pay four Frontier Field workers $74,000 to settle a state Department of Labor prevailing wage investigation, department spokesman Leo Rosales said.

In addition to managing county owned Frontier Field, LeBeau’s LeBeau Inc. firm stages the Lilac Festival and the Monroe County Airshow.

The settlement follows an investigation the Labor Department’s Public Works division began in September into LeBeau Inc.’s alleged underpayment of construction workers and plumbers. New York’s prevailing law statute requires contractors working for public agencies pay minimum hourly wages plus benefits to building trades workers. 

In a separate but related action, a group of seven current and former LeBeau Inc. workers filed a class-action suit last week claiming LeBeau underpaid them for work they at Frontier Field, the Lilac Festival and the air show. Filed in the U.S. District Court in Rochester, the suit accuses LeBeau of failing to hew to federal and state labor laws requiring overtime pay for hourly workers.

If the court certifies the complaint as a class action, 50 or more current and former LeBeau Inc. employees would be eligible to join, attorney Robert Mullin of Ferr & Mullin in Fishers told the Rochester Business Journal last week.  

If the plaintiffs win, workers who sign on could collect double the wages they are owed.

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