Massachusetts restaurant owners fined nearly $500K for labor law violations

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BOSTON — Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell announced today that Peter Lucido, 51, of Duxbury, and Paul Tupa, 45, of Pembroke, have been cited for a total of $476,351 in restitution and civil penalties related to multiple labor law violations at their restaurants, Tavern on the Wharf and Plymouth Public House.

“These restaurant owners engaged in a pattern of violating workplace protection laws that are designed to protect workers, especially our young workers,” said AG Campbell. “My office will continue to hold accountable those who violate our wage and hour laws.”

Plymouth Public House was cited $133,262 in restitution and penalties for failing to pay minimum wage, failure to make timely payments to employees, multiple violations of the state’s child labor laws, violations of the state’s tips laws, and failure to keep accurate payroll records.

Tavern on the Wharf received citations totaling $343,089 for similar violations, with the addition of failing to permit employees to earn and use sick time as required by law.

Previously, Tupa had been cited in connection with wage and hour law violations at SNP Restaurant Group d/b/a Red Hat Café, where he was president.

Citations totaling nearly $80,000 in restitution and penalties were issued in that matter.

AG Campbell has been proactive in protecting young workers.

Last year, she issued citations against several Dunkin’ Franchisees for child labor violations exceeding $1,000,000.

In June, she convened a round table to discuss workplace protections for migrant and other vulnerable children in Massachusetts.

The state’s child labor laws restrict the hours and types of work available to minors and require Youth Employment Permits for all workers under 18.

The laws also generally require that minors be supervised after 8 p.m.

Workers with workplace rights violations can file a complaint online at https://www.mass.gov/how-to/file-a-workplace-complaint.

For more information about wage and hour laws, the AG’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 is available, and resources can be found at https://www.mass.gov/orgs/the-attorney-generals-fair-labor-division in multiple languages.

Assistant Attorney General Amy Goyer and Supervising Investigator Jennifer Pak of the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division managed the case.

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