Massachusetts alleges construction company violated state's minimum wage laws

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

BOSTON — A Massachusetts construction company has agreed to pay more than $121,000 in wages and penalties stemming from citations over violating the state's minimum wage laws.

According to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, J. Donlon and Sons Inc., was cited for paying an $8 to $20 per hour wage to employees working on a public works construction project, which should have been between $51.35 and $54.10 per hour. The company is also accused of failing to submit accurate certified payroll records from 2011 through 2016. 

“This company and its owners gained an unfair advantage by cheating their workers out of the wages they earned,” Healey said in a statement. “With this settlement, we are sending a message that there are serious consequences to breaking our laws.”

The citations against J. Donlon and Sons stem from an investigation conducted by the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division after an employee complained of not being paid the proper wage for work on a city of Medford utility trench public works project, which the company had been awarded for 12 consecutive years, the attorney general said. 

The settlement also includes J. Donlon and Sons being prohibited from bidding or working on any of the state's public works construction projects for 10 years.  

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