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星期四, 6月 02, 2016

AG’S OFFICE CITES WORCESTER RESTAURANT $11,000 FOR WAGE AND HOUR VIOLATIONS

AG’S OFFICE CITES WORCESTER RESTAURANT $11,000 FOR WAGE AND HOUR VIOLATIONS

            BOSTON – A Worcester restaurant and its owner have been cited more than $11,000 for failing to comply with state wage and hour laws, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

            J.P. Alliance, Inc. d/b/a Shangri-La and its president, Xinchun Jiang, were cited for failure to make timely payment of wages, failure to furnish a suitable paystub, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to keep true and accurate records, violating the tip payment statute and failure to furnish records for inspection.

“Employers must comply with our wage and hour laws if they want to do business in Massachusetts,” AG Healey said. “Low-wage workers often live paycheck to paycheck, and wage theft threatens the well-being of them and their families. Our office will continue to advocate on behalf of exploited workers and do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly.”  

The AG’s Office started an investigation after receiving two complaints alleging that employees of the restaurant were not paid wages owed to them and that their rates of pay fell below the state mandated minimum wage.

Upon investigation, the AG’s Office discovered that the company was not keeping the appropriate records, not furnishing paystubs and was paying its employees on a monthly basis. In addition, the owner and his wife, who was also a manager, were illegally retaining tips that should have been distributed to the service staff. The AG’s Office ordered Jiang and his business to pay more than $6,000 in restitution to their workers and nearly $5,000 in penalties.

The current minimum wage in Massachusetts is $10 per hour and it will go up to $11 per hour in 2017. Most workers in Massachusetts must be paid weekly or biweekly. Managers may not retain any portion of tips, even if they provide some service to customers. The maximum penalty that may be assessed for a subsequent violation is $25,000.

This case serves as an example of AG Healey’s enhanced efforts to hold accountable businesses that disregard Massachusetts wage and hour laws. The AG’s Office enforces the laws regulating the payment of wages, including prevailing wage, minimum wage and overtime laws. Workers who believe that their rights have been violated in their workplace are encouraged to call the Office’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465. More information about the state's wage and hour laws is also available in multiple languages at the Attorney General's Workplace Rights websitewww.massworkrights.com.

This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Amy Goyer and Investigator Erin MacKenzie of the AG’s Fair Labor Division.