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
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.