Wrentham Steel Erector Company Required to Pay Over $226,000 in Restitution and Penalties for Violating the Massachusetts Wage Laws
Glen Pisani, age 39, of Wrentham, and Dana Pisani, age 36, of Norfolk, are required to pay over $160,000 in restitution and fines of $66,500 to the Commonwealth for failing to properly pay their employees on numerous construction projects throughout the Commonwealth.
The AG's Fair Labor Division began an investigation into the employment practices of D.F.M. after receiving complaints alleging that the company had failed to pay the proper overtime rate to employees who worked over 40 hours in a given workweek. While investigating these complaints, the AG's Office received additional complaints from employees in March 2011 which alleged that D.F.M. had not paid employees for hours worked from March 13 through March 26, 2011 on several public and private construction projects throughout the state. Investigators determined that Glen and Dana Pisani owed employees over $131,000 in restitution for steel erection work performed on several public works projects in the Commonwealth. As a result of their failure to pay the prevailing wage on these projects, Glen and Dana Pisani are also required to pay a $22,000 penalty for the violations. The AG's Office also cited the individuals $22,000 for failure to submit true and accurate payroll records to the awarding authorities on these projects on a weekly basis as required under the law.
In addition, Glen and Dana Pisani must pay $26,343.18 in back wages and $22,000 in penalties for failure to make timely payment of wages to 34 employees for steel erector work performed on private projects in the Commonwealth. Investigators also discovered that Glen and Dana Pisani failed to pay the proper overtime from July 2008 through May 2010. They were cited $500 and paid $2,750.19 directly to employees for these offenses.
On March 26, 2011, D.F.M. Industries, Inc. filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. However under Massachusetts law, employers are personally liable for the payment of employee wages.
The Massachusetts Wage Act requires that employers pay their employees all earned wages within six days of the end of the pay period. The prevailing wage and records keeping laws apply to all construction work performed on public works projects in Massachusetts. The prevailing wage 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.
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 these laws have been violated in their workplace are urged to call the Office'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: www.massworkrights.com.
This matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Lauren Goldman and investigated by Investigator James Coughlin, both of AG Coakley's Fair Labor Division.