For Immediate Release - August 07, 2009

Environmental Remediation and Facility Service Company Agrees to Pay $50,000 to Disaster Relief Workers

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office has reached a settlement agreement with Everett-based environmental remediation and emergency/disaster response service company LVI Environmental Services, Inc. (LVI), resolving allegations related to payment of workers as part of its disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Ike in the Fall of 2008. The company has agreed to pay up to $50,000 in restitution to resolve the claims.

In the Fall of 2008, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, LVI recruited individuals from the Lawrence area, with a promise of work, and transported them by bus to Houston, TX. Upon arriving in Houston, work was not available for a majority of the individuals, and after spending approximately a week in Houston, they were transported by bus back to Massachusetts.

In October 2008, the Attorney General's Office began investigating LVI on behalf of workers who had not received payment from the company after spending approximately a week in Houston. After being contacted by the Attorney General's Office, LVI cooperated fully with the investigation. Although LVI believed that no additional monies were owed to any individuals, LVI has agreed to pay up to $50,000 to 159 eligible individuals.

The Attorney General's Office is responsible for enforcing the laws regulating the payment of wages laws, overtime and misclassification of employees in the Commonwealth. Workers who believe they have not been paid all their wages, including earned vacation pay wage or that their rights have been violated are strongly urged 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 settled by Assistant Attorney General Joanne Goldstein, Chief of the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division, and investigated by Deputy Chief of Investigations Greg Reutlinger and Investigator Elizabete Valadao, both of Attorney General Coakley's Fair Labor Division.