Prevailing Wages for Construction Workers

When construction workers are hired to complete a public works project for a state, county, city or another municipality, California labor laws dictate that they are paid according to established prevailing wages. Unfortunately, employers in the construction industry do not always provide workers with the compensation they deserve.

At David Yeremian & Associates, Inc., a Glendale, California, employment law firm focusing on wage and hour issues, we advocate vigorously on behalf of roofers, electricians, plumbers, concrete workers and other tradesmen who are not paid the prevailing wages that they have earned. Our skilled attorneys have experience in this nuanced area of employment law and can advise clients effectively on their rights.


The established prevailing rate for workers completing public works projects varies based on his or her specific occupation, generally providing a minimum wage that is significantly higher than the standard minimum wage provided by state law. To cut costs, some employers attempt to circumvent the law by:

  • Misclassifying workers to pay them less than their fair wage
  • Paying workers in cash or off the books to avoid paying prevailing wages
  • Treating a public works job as though it were a private contract

At David Yeremian & Associates, Inc., we work hard to ensure that our clients’ voices are heard. The in-depth legal knowledge and experience of our lawyers enables us to level the playing field so that workers have the opportunity to secure the compensation they deserve.

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