For Immediate Release - August 05, 2013

Nursing Homes Agree to Pay More Than $132,000 to Settle Claims They Violated State Wage Act

Nursing Homes Failed to Pay Earned Vacation Wages to Terminated Employees

BOSTON – Nursing homes located in Norwood, Braintree and Waltham have agreed to pay more than $132,000 in restitution and penalties to resolve allegations they failed to pay earned vacation wages to terminated employees, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. 

“Failure to pay wages is a violation of Massachusetts law that must be enforced to protect employees who earned their pay,” AG Coakley said. “We are pleased that this settlement will bring restitution to the former employees who were affected by the actions of these companies.”

The AG’s Office received a complaint in January 2013 from a former employee of Ellis Nursing Homes, Inc. alleging that she was not paid her earned vacation time upon termination. An investigation determined that vacation wages were owed to a total of 209 employees at four locations: Ellis Nursing Homes in Norwood, Grove Manor Estates, Inc. in Braintree, Glen at Grove Manor, Inc. in Braintree, and Meadow Green Nursing Home, Inc. in Waltham. 

Under the terms of the settlement, the nursing homes will pay restitution to all 209 former employees along with a penalty to the Commonwealth. All of the companies fully cooperated with the AG’s investigation. 

The AG’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 Assistant Attorney General Thomas Johnson, and was investigated by Inspector Nora Saint-Martin, all of AG Coakley’s Fair Labor Division.

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