Construction Workers Win $8.5-million Settlement Against National Contracting Firm

An article in the Los Angeles Times reports that thousands of mostly Latino workers will share in an $8.5-million settlement with a national construction firm they had accused in a class-action lawsuit of violating California's wage and hour laws. The suit, believed to be among the state's largest class actions involving wage claims by Latino workers, alleges that the company failed to pay the workers for a full day's work when warranted. Masco Contractor Services Inc. and its California subsidiaries, Western Insulation and Schmid Insulation Contractors, "deny any liability," according to Kathleen Vokes, a spokeswoman for Masco Corp., which owns Masco Contractor Services.