Helping New Orleans’ Workers Recover Stolen Wages

TakePart’s profile of the workers who came to help rebuild New Orleans 10 years ago and who remain, despite wage theft and discrimination. Their story is very much the heart of the Workplace Justice Project and the Wage Claim Clinic and is still an essential element of the landscape for low-wage workers in New Orleans.

Hector Carnero Mendoza in May 2015, inside a house he was helping to renovate. He says a previous employer owes him $2,000. (Photo Ben Depp)

Elevations Shoring Workers Recover Overtime Wages Owed


On April 19, 2012 the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, issued a press release that it reached an agreement with Elevations Shoring LLC, for the Kenner company to pay $430,956 in overtime back wages that the company failed to pay to workers it misclassified as “independent contractors.”  The WJP referred the claim to the DOL in September 2011, after an Elevations Shoring worker sought legal services at the Wage Claim Clinic.

Read more at the U.S. Department of Labor website here.