BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General
Maura Healey has announced that On-Time Construction Services Inc. (On-Time) and
owner Jonatas Vicente De Brito Barcelos will pay $117,082 for allegedly
violating the state’s prevailing wage law and failing to submit true and
accurate payroll records.
The Massachusetts Prevailing Wage law mandates that contractors
and subcontractors engaged in public construction projects need to pay all
employees special minimum wages relating to the type of work each employee performs.
The New England Regional Council of Carpenters complained in
August 2015 that On-Time failed to pay the prevailing wage rate to its workers for
a project at the Acushnet Police Station. After looking into the matter, Healey’s
office alleged the defendants failed to pay the right wages – with
specific intent – and failed to submit accurate payroll records – again with
“When contractors win public construction bids and then fail
to pay their workers the wages they are owed, they are not just ripping off
workers, they are cheating taxpayers and the honest contractors who did not get
the job,” Healey said.
The $117,082 will go toward restitution to employees and
penalties to the state.