For Immediate Release - December 22, 2016

North Attleboro Restaurant Cited More than $20,000 for Failing to Pay Employees, Insufficient Recordkeeping

Citations Include Restitution to Employees and Penalties

BOSTON – A restaurant in North Attleboro has been cited more than $20,000 in restitution and penalties for allegedly failing to pay employees in a timely manner and for insufficient recordkeeping, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. 

Evara Inc. d/b/a Red Stone Grill and president Ara Yarian were cited $21,466 in restitution and penalties for Failure to Pay Wages in a Timely Manner, Failure to Furnish Records, and Failure to Keep True and Accurate Records.

“Too often restaurant industry workers are vulnerable to exploitation,” AG Healey said. “Our office is committed to protecting the economic security of residents, and we will work to ensure that workers are paid the wages they are owed.”

The AG’s Office began an investigation after receiving complaints from two employees alleging that their checks routinely bounced or were not cashable.

The AG’s investigation revealed that many employees reported issues with their ability to cash their paychecks. Yarian also allegedly failed to keep timekeeping records and inaccurately reported tip amounts on payroll records.

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.

The AG’s Office is 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 are encouraged to 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 Amy Goyer and was investigated by Investigator Paul Gordon, both of Attorney General Healey’s Fair Labor Division.