Thank you, Olympian, for your recent comments about cheaters taking advantage of the Labor and Industries' system by collecting fraudulent injured worker benefits.
We agree with your claim that it is the public’s responsibility to turn in cheaters so L&I investigators can work on eliminating fraud in the state’s already financially precarious injured worker system.
While worker fraud is one element of the kinds of cases L&I investigates, the issue of unlicensed contractors is becoming increasingly problematic.
Because unregistered contractors skip the expenses of protecting the consumer (carrying no bond or insurance), and do not do business the proper and legal way, they have an unfair advantage over legitimate contractors in competition for jobs. It is a problem that many Olympia Master Builders members have experienced first-hand, by losing jobs to unregistered contractors who are able to undercut bid prices substantially.
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Honest taxpayers and legitimate business owners do shoulder the burden when cheaters get away with fraud and skipping proper business protocols.
We also agree that the public can play an important role in holding cheaters accountable by reporting them to L&I.
To report a fraudulent or unregistered contractor, call 888-811-5974.