- Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
Media Contact for AG Healey Secures Wages for Workers From National Cleaning Services Company
Boston — A national cleaning services company has paid more than $63,000 in restitution and penalties to settle allegations that it violated state wage and hour laws when it failed to compensate workers for travel time, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
The AG’s Office began its investigation into MaidPro, which offers cleaning services to business and residential clients throughout Massachusetts, after four former employees filed complaints alleging that they were required to appear at the company’s office for daily client lists and cleaning supplies and then travel to job sites, but were not being paid for their travel time. Employees who need to travel from one job site to another for work must be paid for their travel time. This includes travel from the office to the first job.
“My office works hard to make sure employers fully comply with state wage and hour laws,” said AG Healey. “We are pleased that through this settlement, MaidPro has compensated workers for the wages they were owed.”
MaidPro cooperated with the AG’s Office and paid full restitution to 37 current and former employees.
AG Healey’s Fair Labor Division is responsible for enforcing state laws regulating the payment of wages, including prevailing wage, minimum wage, earned sick time and overtime laws.
As a part of its continued efforts to protect workers and their families in Massachusetts, the AG’s Office issued its third annual Labor Day Report on the office’s efforts to address wage theft and other forms of worker exploitation last month. The report shows that in fiscal year 2018, the office opened 729 cases and assessed more than $9.6 million in restitution and penalties against employers on behalf of working people in Massachusetts
Workers who believe their rights have been violated in their workplace are encouraged to file a complaint at www.mass.gov/ago/wagetheft. For information about the state’s wage and hour laws, workers may call the Office’s Fair Labor Hotline at 617-727-3465 or go to the Attorney General’s new Workplace Rights website www.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor for materials in multiple languages.
This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Amy Goyer and Investigator Christina Proietti of the AG’s Fair Labor Division.