BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Monday that she has ordered a granite fabrication company to pay more than $164,000 in restitution to employees who allegedly did not receive proper wages.

Fletcher Granite Company LLC and Victor B. Castellani, the company's chairman and CEO, allegedly violated the state wage and hour laws by not paying wages to 78 employees.

"Even in circumstance where businesses close, employees must be paid for the work that they have already performed," Coakley said.

"Through today's action, we are seeking to ensure that Fletcher Granite and its officers will make good on their financial obligations to their employees."

Coakley's Fair Labor Division alleged that the 78 employees were owed more than $164,000 for work that was performed from June 14 through July 11 but for which they were not paid.

Fletcher Granite must also pay a $25,000 penalty to Massachusetts under terms of the settlement.

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