For Immediate Release - December 19, 2016

Malden Construction Company Cited More Than $27,000 for Failing to Pay Employees

Citation Includes Restitution to Employees and Penalties for Failing to Pay Proper Wages and Overtime

BOSTON – A Malden construction company and its president have been cited more than $27,000 in restitution and penalties for failing to pay wages or overtime to employees, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. 

Olympia General Construction Corp. and its president, Marcelo Cardoso Queiroz, were cited $27,611 in restitution and penalties for non-payment of wages to five employees, non-payment of overtime to four employees, and failure to maintain true and accurate records.

“The owner of this business stole money from his employees,” AG Healey said. “We will scrutinize employers who don’t play by the rules and ensure workers get the hard-earned wages they are owed.”

The AG’s Office began an investigation in March 2016 after the matter was referred to the AG’s Fair Labor Division by the Brazilian Women’s Group. 

The investigation revealed that at various times between September 2015 and January 2016, Queiroz failed to pay five employees for work they performed for Olympia. He also allegedly failed to pay four of those same employees overtime wages.

The state’s overtime law requires employers to pay qualifying employees time and one half their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a work week.

AG Healey is committed to protecting the economic security of Massachusetts residents, particularly vulnerable workers. The AG Healey’s Fair Labor Division is responsible for enforcing the laws regulating the payment of wages, including prevailing wage, minimum wage and overtime laws.

AG Healey has prioritized addressing wage theft in the construction industry. Since the beginning of 2016, the AG’s Fair Labor Division has issued more than 130 citations against employers in the construction industry, for a total of more than $1.2 million in restitution and penalties.

The AG’s Office is also working with community partners, law schools, and private bar attorneys to host free monthly wage theft clinics at Suffolk Law School. These clinics are part of an effort to address wage theft and worker exploitation among vulnerable populations, including low wage and immigrant workers in the state. The goal of the clinics is to help workers get the wages and benefits they deserve. More than 70 workers have attended the first three clinics and received assistance with a range of wage theft issues. The next clinic is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. For more information on these clinics, please click here.

Workers who believe that their rights have been violated in their workplace can also call the Office’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 Attorney General’s new Workplace Rights website www.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor.

This matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Lisa Price and was investigated by Investigator Christina Lopez, both of Attorney General Healey’s Fair Labor Division.

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