For Immediate Release - December 06, 2012

Hopedale Company and Owner to Pay More Than $161,000 to Settle Wage and Hour Law Violations

BOSTON – A Hopedale cement finishing company and its owner have agreed to pay more than $161,000 in fines and restitution for violations of the state’s prevailing wage laws and the independent contractor law, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Marguerite Concrete Contractors, Inc., and its owner, James Marguerite, Jr., 44, of Hopedale, have accepted five civil citations for failing to pay the prevailing wage; intentionally failing to pay the prevailing wage; intentionally misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor; intentionally failing to submit true and accurate certified payroll records to awarding authorities; and failing to furnish records for inspection.

“Employers are required to pay employees a state determined wage for each hour of construction work on public works projects, maintain accurate payroll records, and produce those records upon demand” AG Coakley said. “We enforce these laws not only to protect workers, but to level the playing field for all businesses that play by the rules.”

The matter was referred to the Attorney General’s Office by an employee. After review of company records and an investigation, the AG determined that Marguerite Concrete had failed to pay more than $102,000 in wages to 23 employees, misclassified one employee as an independent contractor, and had committed record keeping violations. Marguerite and his company fully cooperated with the AG in its investigation and voluntarily agreed to provide restitution and pay fines.   

Workers who believe that their rights have been violated are urged to call the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465.

This matter was investigated by Investigator Mary Dullinger and Assistant Attorney General Miranda Jones of Attorney General Coakley’s Fair Labor Division, and Nuno Fontes Montrond, formerly of the Attorney General’s Office.

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