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Subcontractor on General Assembly construction project agrees to fine on worker misclassification – Richmond.com

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“Capital does not condone such practices,” Story said. “Capital continues to investigate this issue and is committed to legal compliance and fair wage practices.”

Story had no comment on the federal lawsuit, which he said “remains pending.” Federal court records show that the parties in the suit were working on a possible settlement in October.

The lawsuit is a collective action filed by two workers, Gilberto Rosales and Hector Jose Polanco-Alvarez. Polanco-Alvarez died in October and his interest is now represented by Jennifer Munoz, the mother of his two children in Charlotte, N.C. More than 65 workers have joined the collective action in federal court.

The suit alleges worker misclassification and wage theft at 34 high-profile construction projects, including the new General Assembly Building, in which Capital Interiors worked as a drywall contractor. RDIC and GTO, both based in Chesterfield County, served as labor brokers supplying workers, primarily immigrants, for the projects.

An investigation by the Virginia Employment Commission this year documented misclassification of dozens of workers at the General Assembly Building, nearing completion at the corner of North 9th and West Broad Streets.

State officials said the federal lawsuit filed last December represented the first evidence it had received of worker misclassification at a construction site managed by the Department of General Services.

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