• Paul Peter Nicolai

Triple Damages For Delayed Wage Payments Required

An employer waited three weeks before paying a terminated employee for accrued vacation time. The lower court found that since the payment was made before enforcement action was filed, the employer was required to pay triple interest for the three weeks. The Massachusetts Supreme Court held that the full payment should have been tripled.

Why This Is Important…The statutory language and purpose of the Wage Act require prompt payment of wages. Tripling unpaid wages as liquidated damages when paid late is the remedy for late payment. This decision is another line of cases holding that triple payment is required for any late wage payment.