Romney Housepainters Under Investigation For Exploiting Illegal Immigrants

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A Peabody company that painted Mitt Romney's Belmont mansion in recent months is under investigation by state authorities for dodging labor laws and accused of relying on subcontractors that exploited workers, including illegal immigrants.
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Romney hired Olympic Painting and Roofing to paint the salmon-colored house in August and the work was completed in October, according to Olympic. The company was the subject of a 2005 front-page article in the Globe saying that the state attorney general's office was investigating allegations that Olympic failed to pay overtime and other obligations through a system that misclassified workers as subcontractors instead of regular employees.

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