For Immediate Release - April 02, 2010

Wellesley Hills Fitness Center and Owner Cited, Pays Over $80,000 in Restitution for Failing to Pay Employees

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office has cited Timothy A. Brewster, age 42, of Needham, owner of Train Boston Sports Center, LLC, located in Wellesley Hills, for violating the Commonwealth's wage and hour laws by failing to pay employees in a timely manner. The citation orders both Brewster and Train Boston Sports Center to pay over $80,000 in restitution to 13 former employees. This week, Brewster mailed a check for $80,523.08 in restitution owed to the employees. Brewster must also pay a $10,000 fine to the Commonwealth for the violations.

In October 2009, the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division began an investigation after receiving multiple wage complaints from former employees of Train Boston Sports Center alleging that they had not been paid for all hours worked. Investigators conducted an audit of the company's payroll records and discovered that Brewster failed to pay 13 employees a total of over $80,000 in wages for work performed from January 2009 through November 2009.

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 feel that their rights have been violated in their workplace are encouraged to call the Office'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

The matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Lillian Hirales and investigated by Inspector Joseph Hyacinthe, both of Attorney General Coakley's Fair Labor Division.