If it's a job that requires the employee pay the "prevailing wage", then darylbnet22 might have a legitimate gripe. As you probably know, a lot of public jobs are bid with prevailing wages being required. This may or may not be the case here.Why would you say this?
Why would you work for your current employer if this is the case?
Are you forced to work were you work?
Are you trained and licensed?
What are your employment skills?
Are contractors hiring in your area?