Unpaid Prevailing Wages: Lawsuit Filed Against Utility Metering Solutions

Unpaid Prevailing Wages: Lawsuit Filed Against Utility Metering Solutions

On November 23, 2016 Attorney Adam J. Shafran and Rudolph Friedmann LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Xtralight Manufacturing, Ltd. d/b/a Utility Metering Solutions (“UMS”) for unpaid prevailing wages, overtime wages and unreimbursed transportation expenses. On December 2, 2016, 25 additional UMS employees were added to the lawsuit as named-plaintiffs who also allege that they have not been paid all prevailing wages and overtime wages due to them, and have not been reimbursed for business related transportation expenses.

In this lawsuit, the Plaintiffs claim that UMS has violated and continues to violate: 1) the Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Act (M.G.L. c. 149, §§ 26-27 et seq) as a result of a company-wide policy pursuant to which UMS fails to pay the applicable prevailing wage rate for all prevailing wage hours worked by the Plaintiffs; 2) the Massachusetts Overtime Act (M.G.L. c. 151, § 1A) as a result of a company-wide policy pursuant to which UMS fails to pay the Plaintiffs time and one half for all hours worked over 40 in a work week; 3) the Massachusetts Minimum Wage Act (M.G.L. c. 151, § 1) as a result of a company-wide policy pursuant to which UMS requires the Plaintiffs to supply their own personal vehicles and pay for gasoline and parking tickets directly attributable to and arising out their employment with UMS; the effective equivalent of an indirect deduction from wages that causes the Plaintiffs’ hourly wage rate to fall below the minimum wage; and 4) the Massachusetts Wage Act as a result of their failure to pay the Plaintiffs all wages earned in a timely manner.

For more information about this lawsuit, please review the attached first amended complaint. If you are interested in learning more about Massachusetts prevailing wage laws or your wage rights under Massachusetts law, contact Attorney Shafran at any time.

First Amended Complaint (Aponte et al v. UMS)

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