Lawsuit: Afghanistan subcontractor cheated workers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Federal investigators are examining whether a military subcontractor underpaid scores of medical workers in Afghanistan, pocketing federal funds that the government intended the company use to pay its employees.

A lawsuit brought in Indiana last week by Laura Hawkins of Bloomington claims Onsite Occupational Health and Safety Inc. underpaid her for the 84-hour weeks she routinely worked. Twenty other former employees have since joined the lawsuit.

Princeton, Indiana-based OHS denies the allegations, which involve about $7 million in dispute.

A spokesman for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction tells The Associated Press an investigation is being conducted but declined to elaborate.

The complaint claims that OHS cheated its employees and the government by retaining money that should have been paid out for overtime.


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