Amazon contractor fined for not paying wages to Massachusetts employees

Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Amazon has agreed to pay more than $80,000 in restitution and penalties on behalf of contractor VHU Express, Inc., which failed to pay employees in a timely manner.
Amazon has agreed to pay more than $80,000 in restitution and penalties on behalf of contractor VHU Express, Inc., which failed to pay employees in a timely manner. –(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

A company hired by Amazon to do delivery work in Massachusetts has been fined more than $80,000 in restitution and penalties for failing to pay its employees in a timely manner and violating the state’s wage and hour laws, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Florida-based delivery company VHU Express, Inc. and its owner, Lisa Bythewood, provided delivery services for two Amazon warehouses located in Chelsea and Dedham.

In January, the AG’s Office received a referral from the state Council on the Underground Economy indicating that workers had not received wages for several weeks of pay.

The following investigation found that from December 2015 to February 2016, 52 employees had not been paid for delivering Amazon packages. State law requires employers to pay most employees within six days of the end of the pay period during which the wages were earned.

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“Companies are required by state law to pay the wages they owe their employees in a timely manner,” AG Healey said in a statement. “We will continue to advocate on behalf of Massachusetts workers to make sure they know their rights and are not exploited by unfair employment practices.”

Amazon has agreed to the pay more than $80,000 fine on behalf of VHU Express, Inc. and Bythewood.

Amazon spokesperson Kelly Cheeseman responded with the following:

We work with many different suppliers–in this case a delivery service provider was not living up to its obligations and to our supplier code of conduct. We have ended our relationship with the company and are taking action to ensure impacted drivers are receiving payment for their work.

 

 

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