A Bonney lake insulation contractor has repaid back wages after being cited in a Washington State Department of Labor & Industries investigation, with further action possible from the state agency.
Nine workers received $210,000 in back pay for work on 10 Western Washington schools after I&C Northwest and owner Jim Lingnaw were cited for the unpaid regular wages and overtime. The company was also cited for false reporting and owes another $218,000 in fines. It also faces potential prohibition from bidding on any public works projects.
“This case represents examples of repeated violations of the law,” said Jim Christensen, prevailing wage program manager for L&I. “Our investigation showed I&C falsified pay documents and shorted the workers on each project – this goes beyond a simple, honest mistake.”
The agency warned Lingnaw in January 2016 about receiving fines and disbarment after L&I uncovered the same violations on five other projects. Investigations involving the company go back to at least 2014.
L&I investigated the current complaints starting in February for work done on the schools in 2015-16. The school districts involved include Bellevue, Clover Park, Mercer Island, North Thurston, Tacoma, Tumwater, Seattle, and Snoqualmie. The work covered seven elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school.
I&C paid the wages and has also has appealed the citations to the Office of Administrative Hearings. A hearing has been scheduled for March 26-April 6, 2018.