Worker Says Co. Inflated Deductions To Duck Prevailing Wage

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An electrical contracting firm, Westmoreland Electric Services LLC, is accused of overdeducting fringe benefits from employees' pay on publicly funded projects, reducing their prevailing wages, according to a proposed class action filed in Pennsylvania state court. Patrick E. Cosgrove, a former electrician, alleges that Westmoreland inflated healthcare benefit deductions when workers were on publicly funded jobs, violating the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.

Cosgrove seeks to represent all current and former employees who worked on publicly funded projects for Westmoreland in the past four years. The case is filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Cosgrove is represented by James E. Goodley of Goodley McCarthy LLC.

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