Onset Construction Company Ordered to Pay $100,000 for Violating Wage and Records Keeping Laws
"All workers on public construction projects deserve to be properly paid for all of the hours they have worked. Any company that has the privilege of doing business with a public entity must abide by the rules," AG Coakley said.
Hampton Building Company, Inc. and its president, Anthony M. Iannacone, age 64, of Onset , have been cited for violating the state's prevailing wage, payroll record keeping, and wage and hour laws as part of three public works projects in the Commonwealth. The violations are related to carpentry work performed from December 2009 through December 2010 at the Westford Town Hall Renovation project, the Chilmark Housing Construction Molly's Lane project, and the Whitman Police Station construction project.
In May 2010, the AG's Fair Labor Division opened an investigation after receiving complaints alleging that workers had not been paid properly for work performed. Investigators from the Attorney General's Office determined that Hampton Building Company:
- failed to pay the prevailing wage
- failed to maintain true and accurate payroll records
- failed to submit true and accurate certified payroll records to the awarding authority for the construction projects
- failed to pay employees in a timely manner
- intentionally failed to submit certified payroll records and general payroll records to the Attorney General's Office for inspection.
As a result of the investigation, the Attorney General's Office cited Iannacone and his company and has ordered them to pay more than $19,000 in restitution and an $81,000 penalty to the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Prevailing Wage and Record 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 Record Keeping Law allows state agencies to monitor the spending of taxpayer monies on public construction projects. A company's failure to pay its employees the state prevailing wage for work performed at a public construction site or to abide by the record keeping requirements can result in both civil and criminal penalties against the company and its owners.
Workers who believe they may not have been paid the appropriate wages are encouraged to call the Attorney General'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 was handled by Assistant Attorney General Barbara Dillon DeSouza and was investigated by Inspector Joseph Drzyzga, both of Attorney General Coakley's Fair Labor Division.