The state Treasurer has asked for a review of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which has paid out about $1.7 million to resolve three employment disputes in the past two years.
The two settlements and a court judgment stem from complaints filed by former workers and a job applicant.
The Boston Globe after reviewing public records and legal documents reports that in one case the agency said it unfairly denied a 57-year-old veteran a job because two available slots had to go to relatives of lawmakers, or the Legislature would not fund the positions.
Treasurer Steven Grossman, who oversees the agency, asked the state Inspector General’s office to conduct a “top-to-bottom” review.
The commission, with fewer than two dozen employees, oversees more than 22,000 liquor stores, restaurants, bars, wholesalers, and suppliers.