Wage Theft Remedied for Workers
After a 2 month battle, a small siding crew has been paid the wages they were owed on the work they did at Camellia Gardens, part of the new Maynard Crossing (129 Parker St., Maynard). This is a significant victory for worker rights and shows that general contractors can be held responsible for ensuring that crews down the subcontracting chain are treated fairly.
The crew of 4 from Waltham were not paid by the Atlantis Builders Inc., who was subcontracted by Peter DeSalvo Contracting LLC. They reached out to Metrowest Legal Services and the Metrowest Worker Center, who negotiated with all the companies involved. In conjunction with the Metrowest Immigrant Solidarity Network, the group presented a letter to Hawthorn Construction Group, LLC on September 20, 2019, asking them to remedy this injustice by leveraging their power as the general contractor. While neither DeSalvo or Hawthorn knew of this wage theft, both stepped up to right this wrong and today, the work crew received the remaining wages they were owed.
We hope this victory encourages all workers to fight for their rights. And we hope all contractors will be encouraged by the ethical business practices of DeSalvo and Hawthorn.
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