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Marriott Copley Place project flouted pay law

Violations found rife at 15 companies; laborers got half of minimum wage

An $18 million renovation of the Boston Marriott Copley Place that paid illegally low wages to men from a Philadelphia church was rife with violations of tax and labor laws, according to a state investigation that found improper activity by 15 construction companies.

Investigators for a state task force on the underground economy found the hotel’s contractors failed to report $1.2 million in wages, deprived the state of nearly $86,000 in taxes, and illegally misclassified 63 employees to avoid spending money on required taxes, insurance, and other benefits.

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