BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General
Maura Healey announced Nov. 22 that Boston Insulation Corporation and its
president, Antonio J. Souza Jr., must pay $111,177 after allegations of
failing to pay employees the proper prevailing wage, failing to submit accurate
certified payroll records and failing to keep accurate general payroll records.
“Our state prevailing wage laws
create a level playing field for contractors and ensure that workers are paid
properly,” Healey said. “Companies cannot cheat
their employees out of their hard-earned wages in order to gain an unfair
advantage against competitors.”
Boston Insulation allegedly worked on nine
public works projects in Massachusetts between June 2015 and January 2016 and
failed to pay proper wages to 13 employees. The company also classified several
employees as apprentices who were not registered with the Massachusetts
Division of Apprentice Standards. These employees, because of their
unregistered status, should have been paid a higher prevailing wage rate.
The public projects the company worked on included Hanson
Library, Fall River housing, Hopedale housing, Natick housing, the town of
Sandisfield, Newburyport housing, Reading housing, Waltham housing and Millbury housing.
The matter is being handled by assistant attorney general
Barbara DeSouza after having been looked into by inspector Brian Davies. Both
are employees of Healey’s Fair Labor Division in the Western Massachusetts