Fair Labor Wage Theft

Ava Sasani filed this request with the Attorney General's Office of Massachusetts .
Due July 10, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Ava Sasani


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

All evaluative materials used by the Fair Labor Division’s Hotline and Intake Coordinators to decide whether or not to refer a wage-related complaint to the Wage and Hour Investigators, in addition to all materials used by Wage and Hour Investigators to decide whether or not to begin investigating a wage complaint. The time period for this request in between January 1, 2015 and June 24, 2019.

These materials include, but are not limited to:
Guiding memorandums explaining what questions Hotline and Intake Coordinators should ask people who call the Fair Labor Division’s Wage Theft hotline
Guiding evaluative criteria used by either Hotline and Intake Coordinators and/or Wage and Hour Investigators to determine whether or not the Fair Labor Division will investigate a wage complaint
Guiding criteria used to prioritize further legal action brought by the Attorney General’s Office against an employer
Any training materials or memorandums which teach new intake coordinators and investigators how to decide whether or not a wage complaint should be investigated
Any blank investigation forms which outline the process of evaluating the merits of a wage theft complaint

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ava Sasani

From: Ava Sasani

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

All evaluative materials used by the Fair Labor Division’s Hotline and Intake Coordinators to decide whether or not to refer a wage-related complaint to the Wage and Hour Investigators, in addition to all materials used by Wage and Hour Investigators to decide whether or not to begin investigating a wage complaint. The time period for this request in between January 1, 2015 and June 24, 2019.

These materials include, but are not limited to:
Guiding memorandums explaining what questions Hotline and Intake Coordinators should ask people who call the Fair Labor Division’s Wage Theft hotline
Guiding evaluative criteria used by either Hotline and Intake Coordinators and/or Wage and Hour Investigators to determine whether or not the Fair Labor Division will investigate a wage complaint
Guiding criteria used to prioritize further legal action brought by the Attorney General’s Office against an employer
Any training materials or memorandums which teach new intake coordinators and investigators how to decide whether or not a wage complaint should be investigated
Any blank investigation forms which outline the process of evaluating the merits of a wage theft complaint

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ava Sasani

From: Attorney General's Office

Dear Ms. Sasani,

On the behalf of AAG Tarrow, please find attached the AGO's response to your recent public records requests.

Very truly yours,
Thomas Freeman
Paralegal - General Counsel's Office
Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
o: (617) 963-2293
Thomas.Freeman@mass.gov<mailto:Thomas.Freeman@mass.gov>

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