A Cohasset inn has been cited more than $20,000 in restitution and penalties for allegedly intentionally withholding employee wages and for insufficient recordkeeping, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. \n\nCohasset Sarro, Inc. d/b/a Red Lion Inn, president Heinrich Lutjens and treasurer Gerd Ordelheide were issued four citations totaling $22,837 in restitution and penalties for Failure to Pay Wages in a Timely Manner, Failure to Maintain True and Accurate Records, Failure to Furnish a Suitable Pay Stub and Failure to Pay State (Service Rate) Minimum Wage. \n\nRed Lion Inn is a high end hotel and banquet facility located in Cohasset. The AG\u2019s Office began an investigation into the facility after receiving complaints from several employees alleging tips were misallocated, last paychecks for two employees were short and that the company pay records were incomplete and confusing. \n\nThe AG\u2019s investigation revealed the employer allegedly failed to keep accurate timekeeping records and inaccurately reported tip amounts on payroll records. Based on the limited information supplied, the AG\u2019s Office was able to determine that two employees were not paid in full in their last paychecks and that one employee was not paid the correct service rate. The company failed to come into compliance even when given multiple opportunities to do so. \n\nAG Healey\u2019s Fair Labor Division is responsible for enforcing the laws regulating the payment of wages, including prevailing wage, minimum wage and overtime laws.\n\nThe AG\u2019s Fair Labor Division regularly receives complaints about wage and hour violations at restaurants. As a result of the high complaint volume, the Division has focused enforcement in this area and has also increased outreach and compliance efforts.\n\nIn September, the AG\u2019s Office issued its second annual Labor Day Report, which showed that the restaurant industry continues to have the one of the highest percentages of violations cited. In fiscal year 2017, the office issued 136 citations against 82 unique employers in the restaurant industry, resulting in nearly $900,000 in assessed restitution and $450,000 in penalties. \n\nWorkers 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\u2019s wage and hour laws, workers may call the Office\u2019s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 or go to the Attorney General\u2019s new Workplace Rights website www.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor for materials in multiple languages.\n\nThis matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Amy Goyer and was investigated by Investigator Christina Proietti, both of Attorney General Healey\u2019s Fair Labor Division.