Tradesmen International, LLC faces a proposed class action wherein a former employee claims the staffing company frequently paid workers less than the wages they were promised.
The 14-page lawsuit out of Pennsylvania claims the defendant, an employment services firm offering staffing, recruitment, and support services throughout the U.S., maintained a “common practice and policy” of promising workers higher wages before paying them less than the represented rate. Additionally, Tradesmen frequently enticed employees to commute long distances with “false promises of travel reimbursements” despite having no actual work for them to perform once they arrived at certain job sites, the case claims.
The plaintiff says he was assigned to work on a renovation project at a fast-food restaurant in Hallstead, Pennsylvania for an hourly wage of $21.00 in December 2019. Although he completed the assignment, the plaintiff was paid an hourly wage of only $20.00, according to the lawsuit.
In another instance, in October 2019, the defendant assigned the plaintiff a job at a construction site in Blakeslee, Pennsylvania, the suit says. The plaintiff claims that on two days, he commuted an hour from his home to the worksite to find that no work was available. According to the case, Tradesmen promised to pay the plaintiff $24.00 per hour for his travel for “the two days of fruitless commutes.” The plaintiff says he relied on the defendant’s promise of travel time pay and continued working for the company.
“By making the promise of reimbursing Plaintiff for his travel time on these days when he commuted long-distance to a worksite with an actual work for him to complete, Defendant induced Plaintiff to continue working on the particular project and accepting additional work assignments,” the complaint reads.
Despite the defendant’s promises, the plaintiff never received the promised travel time compensation, the suit alleges.
The plaintiff looks to represent anyone who, during the past four years, was employed by the defendant or an affiliated business entity as a carpenter assigned to the company’s Throop, Pennsylvania office.
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