Prevailing wage contracts
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office conducts interviews of employees to protect the integrity of publicly funded contracts and ensure that employees are paid the correct prevailing wage rate.
The information provided by the employees is compared to information that the county and other government agencies collect. If the contractor is not following prevailing wage laws, the enforcement office can use civil and criminal law to require compliance or to punish violators.
In conducting prevailing wage enforcement, county attorney staff may also learn of concerns regarding compliance with other laws regulating employment such as federal and state wage, retirement, and tax laws. In those instances, enforcement staff may refer these concerns to appropriate agencies, including law enforcement.