Two dozen workers whose wages were withheld have received a $2.35 million settlement.
The New York City comptroller's office said Monday that workers were cheated out of wages and benefits for work done at city sites.
Comptroller John Liu says the workers were contracted by an equipment rental company doing work for the city's Department of Environmental Protection. They were hired to remove debris during repair of water and sewer systems.
Liu's office determined the company withheld payments for overtime and work done on nights and weekends. The company admitted to a "willful violation" in a settlement and also paid $117,674 for the city's general fund as a civil penalty.
The comptroller's office in part monitors compliance with state labor laws.