Coakley issues penalties against construction companies

Bryan Cohen Mar. 24, 2011, 1:59am


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Wednesday that two construction companies in Fitchburg are being required to pay penalties and restitution.

Coakley alleges the companies committed prevailing wage, non-payment of wages and record-keeping violations.

G.R. Construction Corporation, owned by Richard Rama and Gabriella Rama will pay $181,541 in restitution and a penalty of $72,500 after allegedly failing to pay wages, pay the prevailing wage, keep accurate payroll records and submit certified payroll records to the awarding authority for the projects.

The company also allegedly intentionally failed to pay overtime to employees and intentionally failed to submit the records to the Attorney General's Office for inspection. Rama Construction, another company owned by Richard Rama, will pay $7,394 in restitution and a penalty of $29,250.

"The owners of these companies failed to properly pay their employees on 30 public construction projects," Coakley said.

"At a time when many workers and families are struggling to make ends meet, employers should not deny their employees any of their hard earned wages."

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