Labor Department Says City of Lebanon Violated Wage Laws
The Missouri Labor Department’s duties include ensuring that the state’s labor laws are followed, and providing wage protection for workers. In addition, the Department ensures workers are paid the correct wages for the work they perform.
An audit conducted by State Auditor Susan Montee last year, led the Missouri Labor Department to believe the city of Lebanon has violated the prevailing wage law based on how it paid its workers.
“Our investigation revealed that the city of Lebanon hired and paid temporary workers at a lower wage rate than permanent workers made,” said Amy Susan, Communications Director for the Missouri Labor Department. “Missouri Labor Law states that workers working on public works projects must be paid the prevailing wage for the type of work they perform,” Susan added.
Missouri's Prevailing Wage Law establishes a minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers on public works construction projects in Missouri. The prevailing wage rate differs by county and occupation, but workers must be paid at least the prevailing wage for the type of work they perform, as established by law. The Missouri Code of State Regulations Chapter 3, 8 CSR 30-3.060 lists Occupational Titles for different types of tasks in the construction of a public works project in Missouri.
Once the audit findings became public, the Labor Department requested that the Laclede County Prosecutor file criminal charges against the city. Recently, no charges have been filed against the city of Lebanon.