UConn's basketball practice facility was hit with a stop work order over the weekend for two sub-contractors by the Connecticut Department of Labor, but the construction of the facility continues the university said on Tuesday.
According to the university, UConn received word from its general contractor Daniel O'Connell and Sons that the Department of Labor visited the site and issued stop-work orders for two companies that were subcontracted to perform specific and limited work on the site. The two sub-contractors issued "stop work" were Intex of Glastonbury and the subcontractor it brought in in J&V Construction. Those two contractors were brought in to catch up on work involving taping of sheet rock together according to the school.
According to the Hartford Courant, DOL investigators made a surprise visit to the site over the weekend.
State investigators made a surprise visit to the construction site on the Storrs campus on Sunday and interviewed more than 40 workers from Intex Building Systems Inc. of Glastonbury and J & V Construction LLC of East Hartford, authorities said.UConn, in a statement, said that "Neither UConn nor its general contractor were aware of the violations alleged by the Department of Labor, nor would we condone any such work practices.
Gary Pechie, the labor department's Director of Wage and Workplace Standards, said investigators found that many of the workers were undocumented, being paid in cash to avoid state taxes, insurance costs and workmen's compensation, and were being paid less than the law allows.
"The two 'stop work' orders pertain to those two entities, and all others on site are continuing to work. The job site is not shut down, and the removal of those two entities is not expected to affect the schedule or budget."