CHICAGO — A group of tree planters claim their employer, a landscape company, paid them less than what the law and their contract requires.
On Sept. 6, plaintiffs Samuel Valerio, Jose Paz, Ruben Garcia and others, filed a complaint against Moore Landscapes for alleged violation of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act.
According to the complaint, defendant Moore Landscapes entered into a contract with the Chicago Park District to provide plaintiffs and similarly situated employees the wage rate in accordance with Illinois law. However, plaintiffs claim they were paid $18 per hour instead of the $41.20 per hour prevailing wage.
The plaintiffs hold Moore Landscapes responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly pay the prevailing wage.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek restitution for the full prevailing wage, prejudgment interest, statutory damages, attorneys' fees, costs incurred, and other relief. They are represented by attorney Robert Habib in Chicago.
Circuit Court of Cook County Case number 18-L-009656