Prevailing Wage Lawyers

An Ohio law that has been in place since 1931 requires state, county, and city governments to pay prevailing wages to construction tradespeople. Unions work with state officials to set prevailing wages for a range of jobs, and contractors who fail to pay at least the minimum prevailing wages can face fines and lawsuits for back pay with interest and punitive damages.

Not Merely a Minimum Wage for Skilled Tradespeople

As union-side labor lawyers, Barkan Meizlish strongly enforce prevailing wage requirements. We are available to work with government agencies and locals from requests for proposals through construction audits to ensure workers receive fair treatment and contractually mandated pay.

We work as prevailing wage attorneys throughout Ohio. In Columbus and Franklin County, we take a special interest in representing the interests of:

  • Boilermakers
  • Bricklayers
  • Cement masons
  • Electrical tradespeople
  • Elevator installers and inspectors
  • Glaziers
  • Insulators
  • Ironworkers
  • Laborers
  • Painters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers and pipefitters
  • Roofers
  • Sheet metalworkers
  • Sprinkler fitters

Since the prevailing wage is actually the total of the actual hourly pay, benefits and overtime, we ensure that contractors and agencies keep accurate records, calculate all forms of compensation correctly and disburse payments equitably without engaging in any form of discrimination.

A Constantly Evolving Legal Environment

Each county in Ohio maintains its own schedule of prevailing wages, and certain types of civic projects can be deemed exempt from prevailing wage rules. Further, each construction job category receives a different prevailing wage. These realities mean that one of our principal responsibilities as prevailing wage lawyers is keeping contractors, government officials, and union reps up to date on compensation requirements.

We continuously scan the legal landscape to keep contractors honest and to protect skilled construction tradespeople. We do this both to prevent problems before they arise and to uphold the rights of our hardworking clients.

Negotiating and Enforcing All Types of Employment Contracts

An Ohio prevailing wage lawyer can do much more than review government contracts for construction and maintenance. Our experience representing tradespeople in projects large and small enables us to provide valuable advice and representation on private construction and development contracts.

Contact our Prevailing Wage Lawyers Today

Let a prevailing wage attorney at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP, know what he or she can do for your local. Call us at (614) 221-4221 or connect with us online to set up a FREE CONSULTATION. We also welcome question via email to




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