Massachusetts secures more than $250,000 for workers harmed by alleged improper wage payments

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 25, 2017

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced July 13 that Healthcare Services Group Inc. (HSG) will pay more than $250,000 after allegations of failing to pay more than 1,900 workers properly.

HSG, a company based in Pennsylvania, provides housekeeping, laundry, dining and nutrition services to more than 250 health care facilities in Massachusetts. According to Healey’s office, HSG underpaid many of its workers between July 2012 and July 2015. In total, 1,931 Massachusetts employees will receive restitution. HSG also agreed to change its business practices and implement better procedures to properly pay its workers.

“Every employer in Massachusetts is responsible for paying workers the wages they have earned,” Healey said. “We are pleased that through this settlement, HSG will pay these low-wage workers the money they are owed and that the company has installed new systems to ensure workers are paid properly in the future.”

Handling the case for Massachusetts were assistant attorney general Andrew H. Cahill and investigator Leah Lucier, both of Healey’s Fair Labor Division. The Fair Labor Division works to ensure wages are paid correctly, specifically prevailing wage, minimum wage and overtime laws.

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