District of Columbia Attorney General Hits Two Employers for $500,000 over Alleged Wage Theft

  • District of Columbia AG Karl Racine reached a settlement with construction company Rock Spring Contracting, LLC (“Rock Spring”) and separately obtained summary judgment against the now-defunct home healthcare company J.D. Nursing and Management Services, Inc. and its former CEO (“J.D. Nursing”), each resolving allegations of wage theft in violation of DC’s wage-and-hour laws.
  • According to the AG’s office, Rock Spring allegedly misclassified 75 drywall workers as independent contractors instead of employees, and failed to pay overtime and sick pay. The complaint against J.D. Nursing alleged that the company failed to pay wages to 26 employees, each of whom worked for an average of over 150 hours without pay.
  • Under the terms of the settlement with Rock Spring, the company must pay over $55,000 in restitution to its workers and $225,000 in penalties to DC. It must also implement new policies and procedures to ensure that it complies with DC’s labor and employment laws. Under the terms of the judgment against J.D. Nursing, the company must pay nearly $195,000 in stolen wages and treble damages to its employees and $22,050 in penalties to DC.