THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017, 3:33 PM
BY ELI HOROWITZ
Five local carpenters who were working on a mixed-use building that includes high-end apartments in downtown Worcester are claiming that they were victims of wage theft and payroll fraud.
The carpenters, who were employed by P&B Partitions, a contractor based in West Berlin, New Jersey, say they were victims of wage and hour violations. Three of the carpenters have filed wage complaints with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, according to a statement from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters.
According to the wage complaints, P&B did not pay the carpenters for all hours worked and frequently paid the workers for overtime hours in cash and at less than the rate required by state law.
Dave Minasian, a spokesman for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, said the amount of money the workers claim they were bilked of is not being released at this time.
P&B said they did not have anyone immediately available to comment on the complaint. Minasian said P&B has not responded to his organization.
The Worcester Carpenters Union is assisting the workers in recovering the allegedly lost wages.