Owner of Hanover Cleaning Company Arraigned for Violating the State's Wage and Hour Laws
In June 2007, the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division began an investigation after receiving multiple referrals from Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) and the community based organization Chelsea Collaborative on behalf of affected workers, alleging that the workers had not been paid by Wood for cleaning work performed for the company. Wood is accused of failing to pay seven of his employees their wages for janitorial work they performed at several locations in downtown Boston, including the Boston Opera House, the Colonial Theater, and the Rock Bottom restaurant. Wood also failed to provide four of the employees with a pay stub, and paid one of the employees with a check that was returned due to insufficient funds. Wood further employed these workers without workers compensation insurance coverage, which is required of all employers in the Commonwealth.
Under Massachusetts law, employers must pay employees within six days of the termination of the pay period. Employers must provide a pay stub with proper information, including rates of pay and legal deductions. The Attorney General's Office strongly encourages employees who believe that they are owed wages to call the Attorney General's Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465. More information about the state's wage and hour laws is also available in multiple languages at the Attorney General's Workplace Rights website www.MassWorkRights.com.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Lillian Hirales, and was investigated by Investigator Elizabete Valadao, both of Attorney General Coakley's Fair Labor Division.