CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A marijuana dispensary agreed to pay more than $300,000 in restitution and penalties for failing to pay hundreds of employees premium pay on Sundays and holidays, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.
Theory Wellness, Inc., has locations in Chicopee, Great Barrington, and Bridgewater. The President and CEO, as well as the Treasurer and Secretary, have been cited for failing to properly pay employees, violating Massachusetts wage and hour laws.
“Our office works to ensure that employees are rightfully compensated under the law for the work they do across industries in Massachusetts,” said Attorney General Maura Healey. “As a result of our investigation and action, in this case, nearly three hundred employees who were not paid properly by Theory Wellness will now be made whole.”
Theory Wellness, in a statement to 22News, said they worked closely and openly with the attorney general’s office after being made aware of the “inadvertent payroll errors,” and were able to provide additional compensation to the former and current employees who were affected.
The complexities of a cannabis company are vast with a litany of traditional business-related resources, such as mainstream payroll providers that handle setting up pay rates, unwilling to provide services due to our classification federally. This audit has been an opportunity to correct our policies and reaffirm our commitment to our team members, who make Theory what it is today.Theory Wellness
An investigation began in December 2020 by the Attorney General’s Office after they received complaints from workers. The investigation found that 282 employees were owed hundreds of dollars in premium pay for working Sundays and holidays.
The company was cooperative with the investigation and agreed to pay the penalties.