Company ordered to pay back wages to Museum project workers

A West Virginia State Museum construction subcontractor appealed after the company was ordered to pay its employees West Virginia prevailing wages. That appeal has been rejected by the state Supreme Court. The ruling upholds a Kanawha Circuit Court ruling ordering Themeworks Inc. of High Springs, Fla., to pay 33 employees over $222,000 in back wages. Employees were paid between $10 and $20 per hour to work on a project at the museum, and a Division of Labor audit in 2009 concluded they should have been paid the state prevailing wage as carpenters, which is $38.06 per hour.