For Immediate Release - March 13, 2013

Burlington Grocery Store Agrees to Pay More Than $105,000 to Settle Claims it Violated State Wage and Hour Laws

Store Allegedly Made Improper Deductions and Alterations to Working Hours

BOSTON - A Burlington area grocery store has agreed to pay more than $105,000 in restitution and penalties to resolve allegations it improperly deducted for meal breaks and unlawfully rounded working hours in its favor, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. 

The Attorney General’s Office received a complaint in February 2011 from a former employee of H Mart Boston, LLC (H Mart) alleging that excess time was deducted for meal breaks and that the company was rounding employee hours in a manner that shorted their pay.

H Mart fully cooperated with the AG’s investigation. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the store will pay restitution to 196 employees and former employees and a penalty to the Commonwealth.

The Attorney General’s Office is responsible for enforcing the laws regulating the payment of wages, overtime and misclassification of employees in the Commonwealth. Workers who believe they have not been paid all their wages, including earned vacation pay wages, are strongly urged 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 matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Lisa Price, and was investigated by Inspector Nora Saint-Martin, both of AG Coakley’s Fair Labor Division.

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