Lessard Roofing and Siding Inc. and Lessard Brothers Construction Inc., both located in Greene, Maine, were cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety violations 11 times at 11 different work sites in Maine between 2000 and 2011. Since that time, owner Stephen Lessard has refused to correct the cited violations and pay $405,000 in fines and interest, even after the Labor Department obtained an order in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine in December 2011. The Labor Department asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit in Boston in February 2015 to hold Stephen Lessard in civil contempt for defying the 2011 order.
The court of appeals has entered a judgment finding Lessard in civil contempt of the 2011 judgment. The judgment orders Lessard to submit proof of correction for the cited hazards and pay $405,485 plus interest and fees to OSHA within 20 days. Failure to do so will result in additional sanctions by the court of that could include imprisonment.