More than 2,600 workers due $1.4M in back wages

Published 4:55 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2007

More than 2,600 workers employed in clean up and renovation of U.S. Naval facilities on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina will receive more than $1.4 million in back wages.

The workers were employed by 107 subcontractors of KBR Inc. and were located in Gulfport, Miss., and Belle Chasse, La., a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor said.

The Virginia-based company failed to pay workers wages and benefits mandated on federal service and construction contracts. Some workers also were not paid overtime.

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The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division is looking for employees who no longer work for the subcontractors who might be owed back wages. The employees worked at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport and the Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse.

The company and many of its subcontractors cooperated with the investigation and were not penalized, a Labor Department spokesman said.

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