A New Bedford liquor store and its owner recently settled allegations that they failed to pay a former employee minimum wages and overtime and threatened the worker when he complained, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley recently announced.
According to the AG’s Fair Labor Division, Jay Vinayak Corporation, doing business as Trio Liquors, failed to pay minimum wages and overtime for work an employee performed from November 2008 through January 2010. An investigation revealed that the employee routinely worked as many as 87 hours per week and received just $6.60 per hour in cash with no overtime pay. Investigators further found that upon learning that the worker had filed a complaint, Trio Liquors retaliated by making a death threat against him.
The company and its owner agreed to pay $33,000 in restitution and to comply with the state’s wage and hour laws to resolve the charges.