For Immediate Release - December 22, 2008

New Hampshire Construction Company Cited Nearly $30,000 for Violating Prevailing Wage and Record Keeping Laws

BOSTON- Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office has cited a Manchester, NH, company for violating the Commonwealth's Prevailing Wage and Record Keeping laws for work performed at a public construction site in Lexington, MA. Alexis Construction Company (Alexis Construction), and its manger, James Darrah , age 46 , also of Manchester, NH, were cited to pay nearly $28,000 in restitution to seven employees and over $9,000 in penalties to the Commonwealth as a result of the violations.

Earlier this month, the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division Hotline received a call from an employee of Alexis Construction claiming that he and other workers had not been paid for work performed at the Lexington Department of Public Works project in Lexington. As a result of the call, an investigator from the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division conducted a site inspection of the project and performed an audit of the company's payroll records. The investigator discovered that the company had failed to pay the employees a total of $27,936.08 in wages for excavation work performed between October and November 2008 at the Lexington project.

The Prevailing Wage and Records Keeping Laws apply to all construction work performed on public works projects in Massachusetts. The Prevailing Wage Laws allow all contractors bidding on public works projects to enjoy a "level playing field" by standardizing the rate of pay the workers will earn. The Records Keeping Laws allow state agencies to monitor the spending of taxpayer monies on public construction projects.

The Attorney General's Fair Labor Division is responsible for enforcing the minimum wage and overtime laws, and the payment of wages laws in the Commonwealth. Workers who believe that these laws may have been violated in their workplace are encouraged to call the Attorney General's Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465. More information about the wage and hour laws is also available in multiple languages at the Attorney General's Workplace Rights website:

The matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Miranda Jones and investigated by Inspector James Kelley, both of Attorney General Coakley's Fair Labor Division.