Big construction subcontractor sued over wages

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A group of construction workers from California, Arizona and Nevada have filed a lawsuit accusing one of the nation's largest home-building subcontractors of failing to pay proper wages.

A lawyer representing 14 workers said Tuesday that Building Materials Holding Corp. and several subsidiaries including San Francisco-based SelectBuild Construction Inc. have withheld overtime and other wage payments.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, seeks back wages and other damages.

Attorney Glenn Rothner says the plaintiffs are asking a judge to give the suit class-action status.

A telephone message seeking comment from the companies was not immediately returned.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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