LOS ANGELES – A Long Beach business is accused of not paying contributions on behalf of its employees.
Board of Trustees of the California Ironworkers Field Pension Trust, Board of Trustees of the California Ironworkers Field Welfare Plan, et al. filed a complaint on Oct. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Shore Steel Inc. alleging breach of collective bargaining agreement.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on July 21, 1998, they entered an agreement with defendants' representative entitled Iron Workers Independent Agreement, where the defendant agreed to be bound by the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement, including submission of complete monthly reports, payment of trust funds, ensure that its subcontractors satisfy all obligations under the agreements and liability for unpaid contributions. They allege that the defendant has failed to meet its obligations under the agreement and as a result, plaintiffs suffered monetary damages, including counsel fees, auditing fees and other costs.
The plaintiffs hold Shore Steel Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to timely pay contributions owed to plaintiffs as required by the agreements, and caused plaintiffs to engage legal counsel for the purpose of collecting the amounts due.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants, unpaid contributions of at least $131,021.60, liquidated damages of $48,833.69, interest of at least $6,241.03, audit expenses, attorney's fees, costs of suit and additional relief as the court deems just. They are represented by Kerry K. Fennelly and Valentina S. Mindirgasova of Cornwell and Baldwin in Escondido.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:16-cv-08077