A recent Channel 5 Eyewitness News story highlighted wage theft, employee trafficking, and employee abuse by American Contractors and Associates LLC. These practices violate the Minnesota Wage Theft Law. The Wage Theft Law is applicable to publicly funded and privately funded projects. American Contractors is owned and operated by Ricardo Batres.
In addition, American Contractors and Associates, LLC has been sighted at least twice in the past with Minnesota Department of Labor violations. Since 2018 Batres has been in violation of the Minnesota Responsible Contractor Law which prohibits his company from working on public projects for a three-year period. The specific orders from MnDLI can be viewed using the links below.
One has to question why the general contractors and contractors that are hiring subcontractors are not vetting them to see if they are responsible subcontractors?