Healey says $9.6m in labor fines were levied against Mass. employers in FY 2018

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.(Lane Turner/Globe Staff/File)

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s annual Labor Day report says her office’s fair labor division in fiscal year 2018 assessed more than $9.6 million in restitution and penalties in against employers who steal wages, misclassify workers, and exploit young workers.

The report, ‘‘Protecting Massachusetts Workers,’’ was released Monday. It found that the construction and hospitality industries continued to have the highest percentage of violations cited.

About 5,700 complaints were processed by the fair labor division, which is charged with enforcing wage and hour laws. One-quarter of about 600 citations were for non-payment of wages.

Healey, a Democrat, said it’s time to recommit to ending wage theft, supporting unionization, stopping labor trafficking, and advocating for workers every day.