Mark Iandolo Jun. 28, 2016, 9:19pm


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that Ames Landscaping Services (ALS) and its owner, Ralph E. Ames III, will pay $57,000 after allegations of failing to pay proper overtime to employees.

“Wage theft is prevalent in many sectors, especially among vulnerable workers,” Healey said. “Landscaping workers are seasonal employees with fluctuating schedules at multiple jobs sites, which make them more susceptible to wage theft. We will scrutinize employers who don’t play by the rules and continue our efforts to ensure workers get the wages they are owed.”

According to Healey’s Fair Labor Division, ALS and Ames failed to pay overtime wages to 15 employees from Nov. 15, 2014, through Oct. 16, 2015. These 15 employees will receive payments taken from the $57,799 ALS and Ames will pay in restitution and penalties.

Healey also announced that five other landscaping companies have been cited for various wage and hour violations in 2016. The companies are GTA Co. Inc. in Everett, Go Green Landscape in Marblehead, CJW Landscaping in Millis, Granda’s Landscaping Services Corp. and Setter Landscaping in Granby.

Healey’s office noted that it remains vigilant in protecting the economic security of Massachusetts residents, particularly vulnerable workers.

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