File a Public Works Complaint

File a public works complaint
This is a complaint that prevailing wages were not paid on a public works project. An employee, former employee, or anyone wishing to report a violation of the State's public works laws can file a complaint. Generally a public works project means "construction, alteration, demolition, or repair work done under contract and paid for in whole or in part out of public funds."

Prevailing wages are wages that are higher than the State minimum wage and must be paid on public construction projects. The prevailing wage includes a combination of an established hourly wage, usual benefits and overtime for workers on a public works project within a particular area.

File a public works complaint in person: you may file a public works complaint to report an employer that is not paying prevailing wages on a public works construction project. If you are reporting violations for a public works project for your own unpaid wages, the best way to recover your unpaid wages is to gather the facts about your duties on the project, fill out a Public Works Complaint form and take it in to at the Labor Commissioner's Office closest to your workplace.

File a public works complaint by mail: The completed complaint form can also be printed and mailed to the Labor Commissioner's office that handles public works complaints for the city or location where the work was performed.

If the work was performed in the following counties:
Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara or Ventura, file your complaint in the Los Angeles office located at:
DLSE — BOFE Public Works
Attn: Complaints Unit
300 Oceangate, Suite 850
Long Beach, CA 90802

If the work was performed in any county not located in the counties listed above, file your complaint in the Sacramento office located at:
DLSE — BOFE Public Works
Attn: Complaints Unit
2031 Howe Avenue, Suite 100
Sacramento, California 95825

Forms are available in English or Spanish.

What happens next
After you file a public works complaint, an investigator will begin an investigation. The Labor Commissioner investigator will issue citations if the investigator finds that prevailing wages were not paid as required by law.

For more information visit the Labor Commissioner's website.