NH News
5:31 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Investigation Slaps Wentworth by the Sea for Wage Violations

The Hotel Wentworth by the Sea owes dozens of its former employees nearly $72 thousand dollars in back wages. The hotel and its sub-contractor failed to pay kitchen and housekeeping staff for over a month.

The U.S. Department of Labor investigation found that Wentworth by the Sea and its subcontractor Eco-Clean New England failed to pay some workers for a 4-7 week period.

The hotel also didn’t pay overtime to workers, who primarily are non-native English speakers and live in the Boston area.

The Department’s Daniel Cronin says most of the 48 workers are owed somewhere between $1000 and $2000 each.

He says employees should not be intimidated to file a complaint if they are being mistreated.

“We have folks both in Boston and Manchester who speak Spanish and Portuguese. And that we are ready, willing and able to take their complaints of non-payment of wages, or non-payment of overtime.”

Cronin says neither Wentworth by the Sea nor Eco-Clean New England will be fined for this violation.

He says last year his office recovered nearly $3 million dollars in back wages from businesses in northern New England.