Isle subcontractor to pay
$300,000 in back wages

A Mililani subcontractor that worked on Navy and Army contracts on Oahu has been required to pay $300,000 in back wages to 36 employees, after the U.S. Department of Labor found the company had failed to keep records and pay overtime when employees worked more than 40 hours a week.

Antonio's Drywall and Plaster Inc. also voluntarily agreed not to seek government work for at least three years, according to a labor department announcement. The company was a subcontractor on seven military contracts.

Antonio's was found in violation of the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires every federal contract for more than $2,000 to contain a clause spelling out the minimum wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics hired to do the work. Under a work hours and safety standards provision of that law, anyone working under such contracts must be paid overtime at a rate of time and a half for any hours above 40 in a work week.

The owner of Antonio's, listed in state business registration records as Antonio P. Manrique, could not be reached for comment and has no listed telephone number. There is also no listing for Antonio's Drywall and its business registration has expired. The back wages were paid through the prime contractor, Ocean House Builders Inc. of Honolulu, the department said.


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