Attorney General Maura Healey’s office assessed more than $12.3 million in restitution and penalties against employers on behalf of working people in Massachusetts in fiscal year 2020, according to an annual report by her office.
“As we work together to emerge from this (COVID-19) crisis and reopen our economy, my Fair Labor Division will continue to rigorously enforce the state’s wage and hour laws to ensure that every worker in every industry is treated fairly under the law,” Healey said in a statement.
From July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, the division required employers to pay nearly $6.7 million in restitution and $5.7 million in penalties, and more than 12,939 workers were helped as a result of the the office’s actions, according to Healey’s fifth annual Labor Day report on wage theft and other forms of worker exploitation.
Her office’s Fair Labor Division recovered more than $400,000 in final wages for more than 600 employees who lost their jobs as a result of the recession.
The hospitality industry received the largest percentage of citations from the AG’s Office, with 252 enforcement actions and more than $4.1 million in restitution and penalties. Most citations in the industry involved restaurants, including many assessed for violating the state’s child labor laws.
The Fair Labor Division also assessed nearly $2.5 million in restitution and penalties against construction employers on behalf of more than 500 employees.