Posted by on August 07, 2008 at 12:00 AM
Olympic Painting and Roofing, a company NERCC has long been chasing for misclassifying and cheating workers, pled guilty yesterday to failing to get proper workers' compensation insurance as part of a settlement with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's office.
The settlement also included Olympic agreeing to pay 69 workers close to $50,000 in owed overtime pay. They will also pay fines of more than $11,000 in fines and will be barred from obtaining public work for three years.
NERCC Organizers have been following Olympic for several years, finding them one of the worst actors in the industry. Their "business model" is largely based in exploitation of immigrant workers who do not understand their rights or feel helpless to protect them.
Olympic has been the subject of several TV and print news stories about their misdeeds. Despite a front page article in the Boston Globe detailing that they were being investigated by the Massachusetts Attorney General, they were hired by former Governor Mitt Romney to paint his tony Belmont mansion.
In 1988, Olympic's owner pled guilty "to workers' compensation fraud charges, failing to pay unemployment tax contributions, and other violations" according to today's article in the Globe.