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421a Builder pays back wages to workers

Attorney General Letitia James, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg yesterday distributed more than $400,000 in back pay to 11 building service employees who were cheated out of their prevailing wages for work at a luxury apartment building in Downtown Brooklyn.

In November 2019, Attorney General James and Comptroller Stringer announced a $2.9 million settlement with the developers and landlords of 180 Nassau Street, Brooklyn Warehouse 180 LLC and Mica Gabe Brooklyn LLC, for violating prevailing wage requirements under the New York State Section 421-a tax exemption program by underpaying building service employees and withholding supplemental benefits.

The workers at the building were represented by a whistleblower 32BJ SEIU, who notified the Attorney General’s Office and the City Comptroller’s Office about the violations.

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