Massachusetts Construction Company, Owner to Pay $123K for Wage Law Violations

April 16, 2019

A Massachusetts construction company and its owner will pay $123,430 in restitution and penalties to settle allegations that it violated Massachusetts wage and hour laws, Attorney General Maura Healey announced.

The AG’s Office issued two citations against WCP Construction Corp. (WCP) and its owner, Weder C. Pereira, for failing to pay overtime and failing to keep true and accurate records.

“When companies don’t pay overtime, they cheat their workers and gain an unfair advantage,” said Healey in a press release issued by her office. “We are pleased that through this settlement, WCP will pay its workers the wages they earned.”

The AG’s Office began its investigation into WCP after receiving a complaint from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters alleging that while engaged as a subcontractor for National Lumber, WCP did not pay its employees overtime.

The complaint alleged that workers were paid through two different companies so that each of their paychecks reflected less than 40 hours worked per week, allowing WCP to avoid paying overtime.

The AG’s investigation revealed that WCP had underpaid 56 workers who were owed overtime and that WCP also failed to keep accurate payroll records.

This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Amy Goyer and Investigator Eduina Butts of the AG’s Fair Labor Division.

Source: Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

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