For Immediate Release - May 11, 2011

Peabody Waterproofing Company Ordered to Pay More Than $132,000 for Violating Massachusetts Wage Laws

BOSTON - A Peabody waterproofing and damp-proofing company has been ordered to pay more than $132,000 for failing to properly compensate its employees, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.

Tremont Caulking and Coating, Inc. (Tremont), and its corporate officers, Maureen Albright, age 47, and Alan P. Rose, Jr., age 48, both of Peabody, have all been cited for failing to pay the prevailing wage, failing to make timely payment of wages and failing to submit true and accurate certified payroll records to an awarding authority on a weekly basis.

In September 2010, the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division began an investigation into Tremont's payment practices after receiving complaints from multiple employees alleging Tremont was improperly paying its employees while engaged in waterproofing work on public works projects at the Howe Manning School in Middleton and the Joint Force Headquarters Project in Lexington. Investigators discovered that from September 2010 through December 2010, Tremont failed to pay 10 employees a total of $62,935.08 for work performed on the Home Manning Project and a total of $24,607.18 to four employees for work performed on the Joint Force Headquarters Project. In addition to paying full restitution to the employees, the citations order Albright, Rose and Tremont to pay a $45,000 penalty to the Commonwealth for the violations.

The Attorney General's Fair Labor Division is responsible for enforcing the prevailing wage, 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 Lauren Goldman and investigated by Investigator Daniel Cullinane, both of Attorney General Coakley's Fair Labor Division.