Father, daughter cited $77K+ for violating child labor, minimum wage laws

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A West Springfield father and daughter and their companies have been cited $77,578 for failing to pay employees properly and violating child labor laws.

Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office issued four intentional civil citations against Shruti B. Oza, her father Bharat V. Oza, and their company Shreeji Group of West Springfield, which operates a Subway restaurant at 923 Shaker Road in Longmeadow.

An intentional civil citation was also issued against Ritz Management Group, LLC, which operates the Regency Inn in West Springfield and is owned by Bharat.

Healey said the Ozas took advantage of their workers, deprived them of wages they were owed and put a young employee in danger by asking her to work too long, too late, and without a work permit.

The AG’s office launched an investigation into the companies after receiving a complaint from an employee who said she worked numerous hours for which she was never paid or was paid below the state’s minimum wage. 

Healey’s office discovered that the victim routinely received late paychecks beginning in 2015 and was paid below the state’s minimum wage for several months in 2016. The AG’s office also found the Ozas employed the victim’s 14-year-old daughter without a work permit and that neither were paid for any work in 2017.

The citations include $19,378 in restitution to the victims and $58,200 in penalties. According to Healey’s office, the companies and the Ozas have appealed the citations.

Workers who believe that their rights have been violated in their workplace are encouraged to file a complaint at www.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor

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