Coakley secures restitution, penalties over wages

Bryan Cohen May 6, 2011, 2:10pm


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Thursday that an Onset, Mass., construction company has been ordered to pay $100,000 in fines and restitution for alleged wage and records keeping violations.

Hampton Building Company Inc. and its president, Anthony M. Iannacone, have been ordered to pay $100,000 for alleged violations of the state's prevailing wage, wage and hour laws, and payroll record keeping as part of three public works projects in the commonwealth. The alleged violations are related to carpentry work performed between December 2009 and December 2010 at the Chilmark Housing Construction Molley's Lane project, the Westford Town Hall Renovation project and the Whitman Police Station construction project.

"All workers on public construction projects deserve to be properly paid for all of the hours they have worked," Coakley said. "Any company that has the privilege of doing business with a public entity must abide by the rules."

The order alleges that the company failed to pay the prevailing wage, failed to pay employees in a timely manner, failed to maintain true and accurate payroll records, intentionally failed to submit certified payroll records and general records to the attorney general's office for inspection and failed to submit true and accurate payroll records to the awarding authority for the construction projects.

Iannacone and his company were also ordered to pay over $19,000 in restitution and an $81,000 penalty to the commonwealth.

The Record Keeping and Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Laws apply to all construction work performed on public works projects in Massachusetts. Civil and criminal penalties can result against a company and its owners for failing to abide by them.

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