HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Hartford business owner is facing charges of not paying dozens of workers. Andrew Jarosz of Jarosz Welding Company will soon face a judge as his employees try to get back wages.
Unfortunately, getting those paychecks won't be easy, not impossible. Meanwhile, this delinquent business owner is facing a lot of legal trouble.
The owner of Jarosz Welding Company, Andrew Jarosz is charged with writing bad checks and not paying workers.
"He hasn't put up a fight. He admits upfront, 'no I have not made my payroll, I have not paid wages," said Gary Pechie, Wage and Workplace Standards CT Department of Labor.
Nearly $110,000 is what Jarosz owes his workers. And since some of his projects are government funded, his financial delinquency is also wasting taxpayer dollars.
"We're trying to work with him to bring him in to compliance through payment and he just has failed to do so," said Pechie.
The Department of Labor says there are a total 35 employees who have not been paid by this company since 2012. News 8 talked to two employees outside the building today, but they declined to comment.
And even though he isn't paying workers, the company is still open for business.
When asked if he's not paying his employees, they still can't shut him down, Pechie said, "that's correct. But again, to the full extent of the law, we hope he's prosecuted."
Jarosz faces up to five years in prison. In addition to criminal charges, he has also filed bankruptcy.
Ripped off employees looking to get their money can file a claim through bankruptcy court. The Department of Labor is supposed to be hearing from Jarosz on this continuing matter sometime next week.
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