For Immediate Release - July 06, 2011

Owner of Boston Day Care Center Pleads Guilty, Sentenced for Failing to Pay Employees

BOSTON - The owner of a Boston day care center has been sentenced after pleading guilty for failing to pay her employees, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.

Regina Daugherty, age 52, of Northborough, and her business, Kids Palace Learning Center, LLC (Kids Palace), of Boston, both pled guilty on June 28, 2011, in Boston Municipal Court to the charge of Failure to Pay Wages (4 counts). Boston Municipal Court Judge Sally Kelly sentenced Daugherty to one year of probation and ordered her and her business to pay $3,101.72 in restitution.

"We are pleased that the court has recognized the rights of workers by holding this owner accountable for not paying her employees the wages they were rightfully owed," said AG Coakley. "At a time when many people are struggling financially in this economy, our office is committed to ensuring that employees receive the wages they are entitled to under the law."

After receiving four separate complaints, the AG's Fair Labor Division began an investigation into Kids Palace and Daugherty's business practices. The employees claimed that Daugherty and her company failed to pay them for work they performed at her daycare center in Boston on various dates from August 2007 to September 2009. Investigators reviewed payroll and bank records and discovered that Kids Palace and Daugherty failed to make payments to the four employees for four separate pay periods. These complaints were issued in Boston Municipal Court in June 2009 and September 2010.

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 these laws have been violated in their workplace 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.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Johnson with assistance from Inspector Iona Powell-Headley, both of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Fair Labor Division.

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