Bryan Cohen Oct. 18, 2012, 7:31pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a citation on Wednesday against a Texas-based waste disposal company that allegedly violated the state's prevailing wage laws.

Waste Management of Massachusetts Inc. allegedly charged employees for health care coverage they did not receive.

Under the terms of the agreement, Waste Management will pay 56 employees for the costs of unwanted benefits that were deducted from their wages. The company also agreed to pay more than $376,000 in penalties and restitution.

"This company failed to properly calculate and pay the prevailing wage for employees who opted out of its health and welfare plans," Coakley said. "Employees who opt out of these plans must be paid the full prevailing wage."

Between June 2008 and June 2011, Waste Management provided recyclable material and solid waste collection services to 43 communities throughout Massachusetts. Coakley's office alleged that Waste Management made deductions from the prevailing wage for multiple employees who opted out of one or more of the welfare and health plans the company offered.

Upon receiving notification of the violations, Waste Management fully cooperated with Coakley's Fair Labor Division.

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