WA Company Permanently Banned From Working on Public Projects

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The Washington State Dept of Labor & Industries has banned a Bonney Lake construction firm and its owner from bidding or working on public projects in the state as the result of a recent settlement with the Department over wage violations and false reporting of payroll records.

According to an L&I news release, I&C Northwest and owner Jim Lingnaw also agreed to pay more than $200,000 in back wages and penalties for the violations.

The company did pipe insulation work on 14 schools and a warehouse across Western Washington in 2015 and 2016. The firm will repay $153,000 in wages to nine employees, each of whom worked on several of the projects.

L&I cited the company last year for the unpaid wages and for false reporting of payroll records. Under the settlement, reached recently, Lingnaw agreed to pay $1,000 a month in penalties for the next four years and is barred from being involved with his son’s companies should they work on public projects.

The schools I&C worked on include one high school, four middle schools, and nine elementary schools. The schools are in Bellevue, Clover Park, Mercer Island, North Thurston, Tacoma, Tahoma, Tumwater, Seattle, and Snoqualmie Valley school districts.

The company also performed work on a warehouse for the Central Kitsap School District.

The state’s prevailing wage law is triggered when construction projects use public funds. It covers workers on projects such as schools, roads, and buildings. L&I enforces the law, which protects workers from substandard earnings and preserves local wage standards.

The law also ensures contractors have a level playing field when bidding on public projects.