For Immediate Release - July 02, 2009

Peabody Firm Agrees to Pay Over $107,000 to Settle Alleged Prevailing Wage Violations

BOSTON -Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office has reached a settlement with Weston & Sampson Services, Inc. (Weston & Sampson), of Peabody, and its president and treasurer, John A. Bocchino, Jr., age 47, of Wilmington, to settle allegations of prevailing wage and record keeping violations. As part of the settlement agreement, Weston & Sampson and Bocchino will pay $92,500 in restitution to 25 mechanics, technicians and electricians who worked on public projects in 27 different municipalities throughout Massachusetts between January 2006 and June 2009. The agreement also requires the company to pay a $15,000 fine to the Commonwealth for the alleged violations. Weston & Sampson conducted a self-audit of their records and cooperated fully with the Attorney General's investigation.

The Prevailing Wage Laws apply to construction work performed on public works projects in Massachusetts. These 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. A company's failure to pay its employees the state prevailing wage for work performed at a public construction site can result in both civil and criminal penalties against the company and its owner. Workers who believe they may not been paid the appropriate wages are encouraged to call the Attorney General's Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465.

The matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Kate J. Fitzpatrick and Inspector Leah Turney, both of Attorney General Coakley's Fair Labor Division.

Below is the list of communities where Weston & Sampson worked on public projects:

  • Bellingham
  • Boston (Brighton, Mattapan, Roxbury)
  • Cambridge
  • Chicopee
  • Clinton
  • Danvers
  • Everett
  • Fitchburg
  • Freetown
  • Great Barrington
  • Lawrence
  • Leominster
  • Malden
  • Melrose
  • Milford
  • Newburyport
  • Newton
  • Peabody
  • Quincy
  • Somerville
  • Stoneham
  • Swampscott
  • Topsfield
  • Watertown
  • West Boylston
  • Weymouth
  • Winchendon