First Misclassification Charges Filed by Virginia Attorney General's Worker Protection Unit
Two subcontractors working on the General Assembly Building, GTO Drywall, LLC and Richmond Drywall Installers Constructors, Inc., have each been charged with ten counts of felony embezzlement
Attorney General Mark R. Herring is announcing the first worker misclassification charges brought by his Worker Protection Unit against two subcontractors, GTO Drywall, LLC (GTO) and Richmond Drywall Installers Constructors, Inc. (RDIC), that have been working on the construction of the Virginia General Assembly Building. Both GTO and RDIC were indicted on ten counts of felony embezzlement each by the Richmond Metropolitan Multi-jurisdiction Grand Jury.
The indictments are related to alleged misclassification of workers by both subcontractors in an attempt to avoid withholding premiums for workers’ compensation and avoid paying various taxes to the Commonwealth. Attorney General Herring’s Worker Protection Unit worked with an investigator from the Office of the State Inspector General, after the alleged illegal conduct was brought to the attention of the Unit.
These are the first worker misclassification charges brought by Attorney General Herring’s Worker Protection Unit since its creation earlier this year. Worker misclassification – one of the most common forms of worker exploitation – involves falsely identifying individuals as “independent contractors” when they are really employees. This allows employers to avoid paying unemployment and other taxes on workers and to avoid the costs of covering the employees with workers’ compensation and unemployment insurances, and it has been consistently shown to drive down the wages of other workers.
Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. Both subcontractors are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Read the press release at Virginia.gov