MALDEN, MA — A contractor awarded a public construction project by the Malden Housing Authority did not pay its employees fair wages, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said. Machados Construction Services Inc. was one of three construction companies cited a total of $636,796 for prevailing wage and records violations.
The AG issued five citations totaling $398,913 against Machados and its manager, Leandro Machado, two citations totaling $217,738 against Real Construction Inc. and its president, Elismar J. Custodio and five citations totaling $20,145 against WF North Lion Inc. and Wirley M. De Freitas.
The penalties stemmed from a construction project in Sutton, but investigators also found that Machados failed to pay employees the prevailing wage on another project in Malden, the AG’s office said.
“Companies that try to gain an unfair advantage over their competitors by not paying workers will be held accountable,” Healey said in a statement. “Prevailing wage laws