The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $25,000 in back wages owed to 10 truck drivers who were part of a federally funded highway project near Chicago.
The department announced Monday an investigation that found Allied Landscaping Corp. paid the truck drivers between $11 and $13 per hour less than the legal wage rate.
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The Joliet-based company is a subcontractor on a project for Interstate 55 in Will County.
Thomas Gauza is the director of the wage and hour division of the department's Chicago district office. He says the enforcement of wage laws makes competition fair for all contractors.
The project's primary contractor is Elwood-based Austin Tyler Construction. The department says that company has agreed to pay the back wages.