FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Susan 573-751-1518
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 05, 2011
Contractor Debarred from Working on Public Works Projects
Third contractor to be added to the current state debarment list
Raymore, Mo. – A wage investigation conducted by the Missouri Department of Labor’s Division of Labor Standards (DLS) prompted the Secretary of State’s Office to grant placement of Saxon W. Johnson, ‘The Tile Doctor’, of Lenexa, KS, on the Public Works Construction Debarment List. As a result, the company is unable to bid or work on any public works construction projects until Sept. 2, 2012.
“It takes a blatant disregard for the Prevailing Wage Law to earn a spot on the debarment list,” Department Director, Larry Rebman said. “It is the harshest punishment for a contractor as it has a long-term effect on its future business.”
The DLS wage investigation revealed that Saxon W. Johnson owed two employees $1,267.92 in back wages for work done on the Raymore-Peculiar New Middle School project. The company was hired to install floor tile in the school. Because this is a public works project, the company was to pay the appropriate prevailing wage rates to the employees for work done from January 15, 2010 to February 1, 2010.
Once the investigation was completed, the DLS referred the case to the Cass County Prosecuting Attorney’s office as a willful prevailing wage violation. DLS Investigator Patrick Watkins found that Saxon W. Johnson paid the workers amounts that were much less than the prevailing hourly wage rates listed on the company’s certified payroll. The general contractor paid full restitution to the two workers on the behalf of Johnson. In the end, Johnson pled guilty to the criminal charge filed by the prosecutor and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
There are currently three contractors on the debarment list including the recent addition of Saxon W. Johnson. Since 2008, there have been four companies added to the debarment list—the most under any administration to date.
During fiscal year 2011, the Department received 321 prevailing wage complaints and found 160 violations. In addition, it has collected $1,152,997 in owed wages for workers, more than doubling the amount collected in fiscal year 2010, of $528,672. For more information or to file a wage complaint visit www.labor.mo.gov/DLS/General/complaints.asp or call 573-751-3403.
421 East Dunklin Street, P.O. Box 504, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0504
Phone: 573-751-7500 Fax: 573-751-6552