A concerning record
Wage theft settlements total nearly $1M, additional case ongoing.
Highbury recently settled 2 class action lawsuits from workers who alleged they were owed unpaid overtime wages. Highbury settled the first lawsuit with 22 plaintiffs for $625,000,[i] and settled with 7 plaintiffs from the second lawsuit for 326,344.24; however, the second suit remains ongoing with the rest of the plaintiffs in the suit outside of the 7 who settled continuing to press their claims.[ii]
Nine workers rescued by fire department, treated for injuries following unsafe Carbon Monoxide exposure
In February of 2019, the Fire Department had to rescue and treat workers overcome by Carbon Monoxide exposure on a Highbury job site as a result of a gasoline-powered generator running in a confined space.[iii] DOB inspectors noted in a violation issued to
FDNY rescues 9 Highbury workers exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator that was being run in a closed space. Photo: NBC-TV NEWS NY
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Highbury that there were “no safety measures in place to safeguard personnel.”[iv]
Nine workers were hospitalized as a result of the Carbon Monoxide exposure, with four suffering serious injuries. According to news reports, Carbon Monoxide levels on the job site had reached 700 parts per million – 70 times the level considered dangerous. An hour and a half after the rescue, Carbon Monoxide levels were still at 350 parts per million.[v]
[i] See settlement in Zamora v. Highbury, https://drive.google.com/open?id=11iB7rAY7NQxk3qClRJ5vt5BmC7i--tyG
Highbury Concrete, $326,344.24 settlement with seven plaintiffs in Fabre v. Highbury https://ecf.nyed.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/HistDocQry.pl?589220493101011-L_ShowDktTxt_1-0-397625-128-416-
[ii] See $326,344.24 settlement with seven plaintiffs in Fabre v. Highbury https://ecf.nyed.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/HistDocQry.pl?589220493101011-L_ShowDktTxt_1-0-397625-128-416-.
For evidence that other plaintiffs continue to press their claims, see docket text from Fabre v. Highbury, 1/18/18 https://ecf.nyed.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/HistDocQry.pl?629726791022261-L_ShowDktTxt_1-0-397625--195- .