Easthampton Window Company to Pay More Than $109,000 to Settle Claims it Violated State Prevailing Wage Laws
Company Cited for Violating the State’s Prevailing Wage and Payroll Record Keeping Laws
BOSTON – An Easthampton window company will pay more than $109,000 in restitution and penalties to settle claims it violated the Commonwealth’s Prevailing Wage Law, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
“The prevailing wage law ensures a level playing field for contractors and their workers who build our public schools, libraries, police stations and other public facilities,” AG Coakley said. “The enforcement of these laws protects workers’ rights and our taxpayer dollars.”
R&R Window Contractors, Inc. has been cited for failing to pay the proper prevailing wage and failing to submit true and accurate payroll records with regard to several public works projects throughout Massachusetts.
In April 2013, the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division initiated an investigation after receiving complaints that R&R was not properly paying workers performing carpentry and glazier work under the prevailing wage laws. The investigation revealed that between June 1, 2010 and March 28, 2014, R&R failed to pay some of its workers the correct prevailing wage rate and failed to submit true and accurate certified payroll records to the awarding authorities on nine of their public works construction projects. The investigation specifically revealed that employees classified and paid by R&R as Carpenter-Tenders were at times performing work in other trade classifications that would require a higher prevailing wage rate to be applied. Because the employees in question were improperly classified, the related payroll records were inaccurate as to the proper classification and wage rates.
The nine public works projects at issue include:
- Greenfield Community College Core Modernization Project, Greenfield, MA
- Pompositticutt/Center Elementary School, Stow, MA
- Pelham Regional Middle School, Amherst, MA
- Boyden Library Addition & Renovation, Foxborough, MA
- Glover Elementary School, Marblehead, MA
- Mass Maritime Academy Cadet Housing Company 4 Addition & Renovation Phase 2
- Longmeadow High School, Longmeadow, MA
- Commonwealth Honors College Complex, University of Massachusetts-Amherst MA
- Vinson-Owen Elementary School, Winchester, MA
R&R cooperated fully with the Attorney General’s investigation. To settle the allegations the company agreed to pay more than $109,000 in restitution and penalties. Restitution will be paid to 43 current and former employees.
The AG’s Fair Labor Division is responsible for enforcing the Wage and Hour and Prevailing Wage laws in the Commonwealth. Workers who believe they may not have been paid the appropriate wages 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.
This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Barbara Dillon DeSouza and was investigated by Inspector Brian Davies, both of Attorney General Coakley’s Fair Labor Division in the Western Massachusetts Regional Office.
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