For Immediate Release - March 31, 2015

Bellingham Landscaping Company and Owner Ordered to Pay More Than $50,000 for Wage and Hour Violations

BOSTON – A Bellingham landscaping company and its president have been ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution and penalties as a result of dozens of wage and hour violations, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

“Workers deserve to be paid all of the wages that they are owed,” AG Healey said. “Overtime is especially important for workers that depend on those wages to make ends meet.” 

D&D Mulch and Landscaping, Inc. and company president, Paul Doherty, have been cited for the following wage and hour violations: failure to pay overtime, independent contractor misclassification, and recordkeeping violations.

In April 2014, the AG’s Fair Labor Division received a complaint from a former employee of D&D alleging wage and hour violations. As a result of an investigation, the AG determined that Doherty and D&D failed to pay overtime wages to seven employees during multiple pay periods from March 2013 through May 2014. It was further determined that the company misclassified three employees as independent contractors performing snow removal during 2013 and 2014. The company also failed to furnish complete payroll records to the AG for inspection.

The Attorney General issued three civil citations against Doherty and D&D ordering them to pay more than $50,000 in restitution and penalties.

The Attorney General’s Office is responsible for enforcing the laws regulating the payment of wages and youth employment. Workers who believe that their rights have been violated are strongly urged to call the AG’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465. More information about the state’s wage and hour laws is also available in multiple languages at the AG’s Workplace Rights website: www.massworkrights.com.

The matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Drew Cahill, and was investigated by Investigators Leah Lucier and Bridget Huss, both of AG Healey’s Fair Labor Division.

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