Signal Restoration Services To Pay Out $500,000-plus in back wages

Schneiderman: Subcontractors underpaid, overworked employees

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The company repairing Coney Island Hospital had to turn its head and cough up more than half a million dollars in back wages after its subcontractors allegedly underpaid their employees, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Sept. 19.

The city hired Signal Restoration Services to repair the Sheepshead Bay medical center — along with Bellevue and Coler-Goldwater hospitals in Manhattan — after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. But the state’s top lawman said his office found that the subcontractors working for Signal were not paying the required $16.99 wage for regular hours, or the minimum $25-an-hour overtime. In fact, the workers were often getting as little as $10 per hour — and no overtime pay at all.

Companies working under contract for the city are required to pay workers the prevailing wage, with overtime.

Schneiderman warned Signal and other clean-up companies to get their books in order as the city braces for future superstorms

“Disaster recovery contractors, who play a critical role for our state, should review their legal obligations before the next emergency occurs to ensure that they are not only disaster-ready but also legally compliant,” Schneiderman said.

Signal also had to reimburse Schneiderman’s office the $25,000 cost of the investigation.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him
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Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
I wonder who is responsible for hiring these contractors in the first place? Apparently the only crime these companies make is when they get caught. This reminds me of our present mayor blushing response when acknowledging that City Time bilked us taxpayers out of a half $1 billion. I know it's chump change for our multibillionaire mayor but why aren't these people in jail for grand larceny?
Sept. 23, 2013, 11:15 pm
The Carpenters Rat Patrol NYC from NYC says:
This is what happens when unscrupulous contractors are used. The Carpenters Union has been fighting this type of abuse for years now. Nice to see we're not going it alone for a change.
Sept. 30, 2013, 6:07 pm
jerryl48442 from Holly, Mi. says:
Out of our home since Dec.26,2013.
We've endured promise after promise.This April 28 and still our house is not ready. March 19 we were given new contractors and they said "Oh, it will go fast now."
What can we do?
April 28, 2014, 1:56 pm
Marco alcantara from Sunset brooklyn says:
I work for signal on the excellent cleaner subcontractor in Bellevue Hospital for hurricane relief I did not realize that hurricane relief paysprevailing wage I never received back pay from signal even though I sent out the form I wanted to know how I can receive these funds because in reality they were supposed to pay us per veiling wage
June 24, 9:25 am
Marco alcantara from Sunset brooklyn says:
We were working 12 hour shift's every day and nice people said we were very overworked I was only making $11 an hour if someone could get back to me and let me know how I can get his wages that were stolen from me I would truly appreciate it
June 24, 9:26 am

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