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Amazon Logistics' delivery contractor fined for not paying employee wages

Amazon.comInc.'s Amazon Logistics Inc. unit will pay more than $80,000 inrestitution and penalties on behalf of a delivery contractor hired by theonline retailer that failed to comply with wage and hour laws in Massachusetts.

Amazon Logistics had hired VHU Express Inc. and its owner,Lisa Bythewood, to provide delivery services for two warehouses inMassachusetts located in Chelsea and Dedham, according to a March 29 newsrelease.

The penalty was decided after an investigation determinedthat, from December 2015 to February 2016, a total of 52 employees had not beencompensated for work performed delivering Amazon packages.

State law requires employers to pay most employees within sixdays of the end of the pay period during which the wages were earned.