Dorchester supermarket cited more than $300,000 for minimum wage, overtime violations

Rosa Supermarket and its president, Jose Rosa, must pay fines and restitution.

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A Dorchester supermarket and its president were cited more than $300,000 for failing to pay eight workers minimum wage and overtime, state Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said in a Tuesday statement.

Rosa Supermarket on Geneva Ave and its president, Jose Rosa, must pay $313,915 in restitution and fines for failing to pay minimum wage, pay overtime, issue suitable pay stubs, and maintain proper records.

The attorney general’s office began investigating after several employees alleged they were regularly underpaid, the statement said.

The investigation, which spanned from March 2017 to November 2018, found Rosa Supermarket did not maintain complete time or payroll records.

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The statement said the attorney general informed the supermarket and its president of the state’s wage and hour requirements, but the store continued to pay below minimum wage and not pay overtime.

Employers in Massachusetts must pay their workers at least $12 per hour and time-and-a-half for any hours worked over 40 in a week. This applies to all workers, regardless of immigration status.