A class action lawsuit has been filed alleging the Union Township contractor failed to pay employees prevailing wages. The lawsuit was filed in New Jersey State Superior Court in Belvidere and claims Schaible's Plumbing and Heating violated the state's Prevailing Wage Act for work on a dozen area public projects since 2001. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of more than 30 employees and is also seeking unpaid overtime wages and supplemental benefits.
The state Prevailing Wage Act allows public work employees to seek unpaid prevailing wages through civil actions. The New Jersey State law provides for a set standard wage on public works projects, a rate that generally varies by county.