WESTERN – A labor group alleges that it discovered during an audit that a Lakewood company did not pay contributions during an almost five-year period.
Board of trustees of the Cement Masons Southern California Health and Welfare Fund, board of trustees of the Cement Masons Southern California Pension Trust, et al. filed a complaint on Oct. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division against Fife Concrete Construction Inc. citing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and breach of contract.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that they suffered damages due to unpaid contributions from November 2009 to December 2014. The plaintiffs hold Fife Concrete Construction Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly breached its bargaining agreement with the plaintiffs by failing to pay fringe benefits on behalf of their employees.
The plaintiffs seek unpaid contributions in the amount of $3,305.39, interest rate of 7 percent, liquidated damages of $1,958.51 assessed at the rate of 10 percent or $25, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. They are represented by Kathryn J. Halford, Elizabeth Rosenfeld, and Nicholas I. Starkman of Wohlner Kaplon Cutler Halford & Rosenfeld in Encino.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division Case number 2:16-cv-07418-JPR