The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, in a continuing crackdown on workplace wage fraud, has announced that it has ordered an East Providence construction company to pay more than $300,000 in civil penalties, back wages and interest for fraudulently filling out weekly payroll records and wrongly classifying workers as independent contractors.
An investigation against Mancieri Flooring Co., LLC, of Warren Avenue, East Providence found that the company failed to pay prevailing wages to workers on jobs it was subcontracted to do at the University of Rhode Island between 2012 and 2014, according to a statement by DLT Director Scott Jensen.
The company also failed to pay employees proper overtime rates and misclassified 17 workers as independent contractors. The DLT also says that Mancieri engaged in a ``pattern of deceit’’ in falsifying payroll records.
The company has been ordered to pay $70,000 in back wages, a $210,000 civil penalty and a $51,000 fine for misclassifying the workers as independent contractors. Jenson said that company officials failed to at a June 29th state hearing on the charges.