A group of construction workers came to see us about a class action settlement. The class action lawyers were getting big paydays, but the workers were being offered relatively small settlements.
Each of the workers had been offered between $6,000 and $10,000 to settle claims that they were not paid the prevailing wage. The number was a rough estimate because most of the workers did not have any evidence to prove their claims.
Our clients, however, had kept notes on wall calendars. Every night when they came home, they wrote down which project they worked on that day, the time they started work, and the time they stopped working. They also noted the type of work they did that day, when they worked inside because of snow or rain, and when they were shorthanded.
We compared every entry with historical weather reports, the employer’s construction records, and interviews with other workers. Based on our investigation, we were able to prove that our clients’ calendars were reliable.
We then prepared a detailed analysis of how much each of our clients was owed for underpayments of wages. It came to more than $100,000.00 each. At the end of the day, the employer agreed to pay what our clients were owed plus interest and all of our attorneys’ fees and costs.