New Bedford Shellfish Processing Company Agrees to Pay More Than $78,000 to Settle Overtime Claims
BOSTON – A New Bedford shellfish processing company has agreed to pay more than $78,000 in restitution and penalties to resolve allegations their workers failed to receive overtime wages, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
“Under Massachusetts law, workers deserve to be paid all of their wages including overtime,” AG Coakley said. “In many instances workers depend on their overtime pay just to make ends meet.”
The Attorney General’s Office received a complaint in September 2012 from a former employee of Brayton Shellfish, Inc., a company purchased by New Bedford Shellfish, LLC, (NBS) in July 2012 alleging non-payment of overtime for hours worked over 40 in a work week. As a result of its investigation the Attorney General’s Office determined that 32 employees were denied overtime wages from October 2010 through July 2012.
NBS cooperated with the AG’s investigation. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, they will pay restitution to 32 former and current employees and penalties totaling more than $78,000.
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.