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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 586         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 851

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Katherine M. Clark

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to enhanced enforcement of civil penalties.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 586        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 851

By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 851) of Katherine M. Clark, Sal N. DiDomenico, Cory Atkins, Carlos Henriquez and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to enhanced enforcement of civil penalties.  Labor and Workforce Development. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to enhanced enforcement of civil penalties.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Section 27C of Chapter 149, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end of the last paragraph, the following:-

              (d) As a further alternative to initiating criminal proceedings pursuant to subsection (a), the attorney general may file a civil action for injunctive relief, for any damages incurred, and for any lost wages and other benefits on behalf of an employee or multiple, similarly situated employees. If the attorney general prevails in such an action, the employee or employees on whose behalf the attorney general brought the civil action shall be awarded treble damages, as liquidated damages, for any lost wages and other benefits, and the attorney general shall also be awarded the costs of the litigation and reasonable attorneys’ fees.

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