AG’s Office Fines Motels for Wage, Leave Infractions

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BOSTON (State House News Service) — A trio of Massachusetts motels and their managers will collectively pay more than $65,000 after facing allegations of a number of labor violations including failure to give employees sick time they accrued and late payment of wages, the attorney general's office announced Tuesday.

Acting Attorney General Bessie Dewar's office said Worcester City Motel in Shrewsbury and its manager Ketan Patel, a Red Roof Inn in Sutton and its manager Charles Minasian, and a Red Roof Inn in Woburn and its manager Robert Parsekian were issued three citations for failure to make timely payment of wages, failure to provide earned sick time, and failure to maintain true and accurate payroll and timekeeping records.

The motels and managers, all of which are affiliated together, will pay more than $65,000 in restitution and penalties to resolve the allegations.

Officials said investigators determined that the affiliated company owed one worker a bit less than $35,000 in wages. They said the motels also provided unpaid sick leave that was unavailable for the first year of employment, a violation of state law that requires businesses with 11 or more employees to offer paid sick leave and to give workers job-protected sick leave after 90 days of employment.

That violation affected three dozen employees across all three locations, the AG's office said.

"Our Fair Labor Division works hard to ensure that employers are complying with the state's wage and hour laws, and that workers know their rights," Dewar, who will serve as acting AG until Attorney General-elect Andrea Campbell is inaugurated Wednesday, said. "As a result of this settlement, the workers who were harmed by this company's unlawful actions will get the money they earned."

Written by Chris Lisinski/SHNS

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