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Press Release AG Healey Secures More Than $186,000 from Utility Service Provider that Failed to Pay Workers Overtime

For immediate release:
7/28/2020
  • Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
  • The Attorney General's Fair Labor Division

Media Contact for AG Healey Secures More Than $186,000 from Utility Service Provider that Failed to Pay Workers Overtime

Meggie Quackenbush

BostonA Northborough utility service provider will pay $186,610 in restitution and penalties for failing to pay overtime to 55 employees in violation of Massachusetts wage and hour laws, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Omark Inc., which provides contract services for utility companies such as National Grid, was cited by the AG’s Office for failing to pay workers overtime while working on certain job sites.

“When companies don’t pay overtime, they cheat their workers and gain an unfair advantage over law-abiding businesses,” said AG Healey. “As a result of action by our office, Omark’s employees will receive the wages they earned.”

The AG’s Office began investigating Omark in October 2018 after receiving a complaint alleging the company had failed to properly pay employees. The AG’s Office found that between January and December 2018, Omark employees performed work in place of employees impacted by the National Grid lockout. Some Omark employees were working more than 80 hours in a week, and the investigation revealed that the company failed to pay time and a half for hours worked in excess of 40 per week as required by law.

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.

Workers who believe that their rights have been violated in their workplace are encouraged to file a complaint at www.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor. For information about the state’s wage and hour laws, workers may call the AG’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 or go to the AG’s Workplace Rights website www.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor for materials in multiple languages.

This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Meryum Khan and Investigator Kevin Shanahan, both of the AG’s Fair Labor Division.

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Media Contact for AG Healey Secures More Than $186,000 from Utility Service Provider that Failed to Pay Workers Overtime

Office of Attorney General Maura Healey 

Attorney General Maura Healey is the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Attorney General's Fair Labor Division 

The Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division protects workers from exploitation and sets a level playing field for employers. We enforce wage and hour, public construction, and child labor laws.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, walk-ins to the AG’s physical office locations will not receive in-person service. Walk-ins will be encouraged to file complaints online or call our office.
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