Burnham Brown attorney, Andrew Shalauta, obtains dismissal for electrical contractor in lawsuit by electricians union involving dispute over Department of Industrial Relations' classifications and prevailing wages on public works projects
Burnham Brown attorney, Andrew Shalauta, obtained a dismissal on behalf of an electrical contactor in a prevailing wage and classification lawsuit brought by the electricians union (IBEW). The union contended that certain work on a public works project had to be performed by electricians rather than laborers under Department of Industrial Relations' scope of work provisions. The union alleged the electrical contractor violated state laws and committed unfair business practices by underbidding a construction project through the use of lower paid classifications for work that was not authorized by the Department of Industrial Relations. Plaintiffs, including the electricians union and another electrical contractor, were claiming millions of dollars in damages for unpaid union contributions and tort damages. After the second amended complaint, the trial court granted defendants' demurrer without leave to amend and dismissed the action in its entirety. For more information concerning this action, compliance with prevailing wage laws and DIR regulations, and, scope of work/classification disputes, contact Andrew Shalauta at Burnham Brown.