BOSTON (Legal Newsline) —
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Dec. 19 that Olympia
General Construction Corp. and its president, Marcelo Cardoso Queiroz, have
been cited $27,611 for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages to employees.
Queiroz purportedly failed to
pay the proper wages to five employees and the proper overtime wages to four
employees. Massachusetts labor laws mandate that employers pay qualifying
employees time-and-one-half their regular rate of pay for any hours worked over
40. Queiroz also allegedly failed to maintain accurate records.
“The owner of this business
stole money from his employees,” Healey said. “We will scrutinize employers who
don’t play by the rules and ensure workers get the hard-earned wages they are
In a news release, Healey’s office noted its commitment
to protecting the economic security of state residents. Since the start of
2016, Massachusetts has issued more than 130 citations for wage issues to
construction companies. From these citations, the state has secured more than
$1.2 million in total restitution and penalties.
Assistant Attorney General
Lisa Price is handling the case for Massachusetts after it was initially examined
by Investigator Christina Lopez. Both employees work in Healey’s fair labor division.