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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Contractors cited for failing to pay workers at Plymouth job sites
Three companies workin in Plymouth are invovled, some checks bounced
Subcontractors working at Pulte Homes sites in Plymouth and other towns in eastern Massachusetts have been ordered to pay more than $400,000 in unpaid wages and penalties, and more than $141,000 has been recovered in previously outstanding revenue for Massachusetts’ unemployment system, according to a press release from the state Attorney General’s office
The enforcement action was the result of investigations by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office,, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassifications.
Earlier this year, the Attorney General’s Office and the JTF received wage and hour complaints against multiple subcontractors working at sites operated by Pulte Homes. The workers alleged they were not paid for overtime and not paid for all hours worked. Workers were often paid in cash and by checks that bounced.
As a result of the investigations, five employers were ordered to pay back a total of $409,777.75 in unpaid wages and penalties. Those penalties were for the failure to pay wages and overtime, failure to issue suitable pay stubs, failure to furnish records for inspection and misclassification of workers as independent contractors.
The AG’s investigations resulted in the following findings and action:
Three companies were charged with violating the law in Plymouth. AM Construction Services and its President, Adimar Demoura, age 32 of Framingham, allegedly failed to pay four workers a total of $15,331.50 for framing work done on private residential projects in Braintree and Plymouth.
They were also fined $22,500 in penalties. Nunes Brothers Construction and its President, Tiago Aguiar M. Nunes, age 28 of Brooklyn, New York, allegedly failed to pay 23 workers a total of $99,086.75 for framing work done on private condominium and single-family homes projects in Braintree, Plymouth, Natick and Northbridge.
They were also fined $112,500 in penalties. Two Brothers Construction and its President, Wellington DeLima Borges, age 41 of East Natick, allegedly failed to pay six workers a total of $34,751.50 for framing work done on a private home development project in Plymouth. They were also fined $34,500 in penalties.
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