Mass. AG announces $93,000 settlement with Melrose company

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 15, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Friday a settlement with a Melrose company, resolving allegations that it failed to comply with state laws on child labor, overtime and the minimum wage.

Starting in February 2011, Coakley's office received multiple complaints from former employees of True Power LLC.

The former employees alleged they were not being paid minimum wage, or overtime for hours worked more than 40 in one work week.

Employees of True Power sold negative ion bracelets at mall kiosks and received only commissions on sales. The commissions allegedly failed to meet the statutory minimum wage or overtime requirements.

According to Coakley's office, some True Power employees also were minors working without permits and beyond allowable hours. The Massachusetts Child Labor Laws restrict the occupations in which minors may work and the hours during which they are permitted to work.

Under the terms of a settlement, True Power will pay more than $93,000 in restitution and penalties, including restitution for 165 former employees.

The Attorney General's Office is responsible for enforcing state laws that regulate the payment of wages, misclassification of employees and the payment of overtime.

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