(b) Any skilled laborer, workman or mechanic who is engaged in construction on a public improvement let to contract, who is paid less than the posted fair minimum rate of wages applicable thereto, may recover from such contractor or subcontractor the difference between the same and the posted fair minimum rate of wages, and in addition thereto, a penalty equal in amount to such difference, and reasonable attorney fees. The venue of said action shall be in the county where the work is performed: Provided, however, That an honest mistake or error shall not be construed as a basis for recovery under this subsection.
(c) Where skilled laborers, workmen and mechanics are employed in construction on a public improvement and their posted rate of wages has been determined as provided by this article, it shall be unlawful for any person, for himself or another, to request, demand or receive, either before or after such skilled laborers, workmen and mechanics are employed in construction on a public improvement, that they or any one of them pay over money or other thing of value or pay back, return, donate, contribute or give any part or all of their said wages, or thing of value, to any person, upon the statement, representation or understanding that failure to comply with such request or demand will prevent them or any one of them from procuring or retaining employment; and any person who directly or indirectly aids, requests or authorizes any other person to violate any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than fifty dollars and not more than two hundred fifty dollars.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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