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Johnston Man Ordered to Pay $1,700 in Back Wages

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that John J. Salois (age 42) with a last known address of 29 Matthew Drive, Johnston, pleaded nolo contendere Friday in Providence District Court before Judge Elaine T. Bucci to one count of violating a final order of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RI-DLT) in violation of RIGL 28-14-4, Payment on Separation by Employer.

Salois was sentenced to a one year filing and ordered to pay restitution for unpaid wages in the amount of $1,710.80.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that John Salois, President of Airtime Inc., failed to pay his employee Erin Marie Magee for more than 100 hours of Sunday pay between July 2011 and May 2012 and two hours of regular pay between March 31, 2013 and April 7, 2013.

Magee filed a complaint with the Labor Standards Unit at RI-DLT. A hearing was held on November 25, 2013 resulting in a decision ordering Salois to pay wages owed to Magee. Salois failed to comply with the Order, and the case was referred to the Office of Attorney General for criminal prosecution.

"Individuals who work in good faith deserve to be paid the proper wage, and employers who refuse to pay proper wages and flout the labor laws of this State will be prosecuted," said Attorney General Kilmartin.

RI-DLT Director Charles J. Fogarty said, "The Department is committed to investigating all wage complaints and aggressively enforcing these matters as allowable by law."

Rhode Island Office of Attorney General Investigator John Rabbit investigated the matter and Special Assistant Attorney General Genevieve Allaire Johnson prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.

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