BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A New York federal judge on April 2 certified a class action and a collective action for wage-and-hour claims of construction workers against defaulted companies and officers, stating that certification is appropriate despite the defaults because the employers "cannot prevent their employees from obtaining their full procedural and substantive rights under federal and state law by cowering silently in the swamp of neglect of employees' claims for wages" (Stanisla V. Poplawski, et al. v. Metroplex on the Atlantic, LLC,et al., No. 1:11-cv-3765, E.D. N.Y.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46408).