ALL workers are protected under the Massachusetts labor laws. Those protections include the right to a minimum wage of $11 per hour, earned sick time, and accurate pay slips and records.
In March, we uncovered a massive wage theft scheme in which a factory in Lowell conspired to underpay hundreds of low-income workers. As part of their scheme, this factory attempted to shield itself from any liability by using staffing agencies to hire its workers. That didn’t work. Now those agencies have ALSO been cited for violating the minimum wage, the earned sick time law, and numerous other labor laws. All-together, more than $1.2 million in restitution and penalties will be paid out by these businesses and many of the workers who were paid below minimum wage will be receiving double damages.
Every worker deserves to be treated with respect and we will always hold accountable business that conspire to underpay their workers and violate their rights.
The second shoe in the unmasking of a Lowell reusable bag company dropped earlier this week when state Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office’s Fair Labor Division fined three city staffing agencies in excess of $80,000 for their
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