Scissorhead Becky Mae Not points us to this DOL Press Release:
THREE MCDONALD’S FRANCHISEES IN KENTUCKY PAY $212K IN FINES AFTER FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS FIND 305 MINORS — INCLUDING 10-YEAR-OLDS — WORKING ILLEGALLY
LOUISVILLE, KY – Working in a kitchen late at night near dangerous cooking equipment is a reality for many adults in the food service industry. But finding 10-year-old kids in such a work environment is a cause for concern and action by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Investigators from the department’s Wage and Hour Division found two 10-year-old workers at a Louisville McDonald’s restaurant among many violations of federal labor laws committed by three Kentucky McDonald’s franchise operators. The investigations are part of the division’s ongoing effort to stop child labor abuses in the Southeast region.
The division investigated Bauer Food LLC, Archways Richwood LLC and Bell Restaurant Group I LLC – three separate franchisees that operate a total of 62 McDonald’s locations across Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland and Ohio – and found they employed 305 children to work more than the legally permitted hours and perform tasks prohibited by law for young workers. In all, the investigations led to assessments of $212,544 in civil money penalties against the employers.
“Too often, employers fail to follow the child labor laws that protect young workers,” explained Wage and Hour Division District Director Karen Garnett-Civils in Louisville, Kentucky. “Under no circumstances should there ever be a 10-year-old child working in a fast-food kitchen around hot grills, ovens and deep fryers.”
The division’s investigations found the following:
- Bauer Food LLC, a Louisville-based operator of 10 McDonald’s locations, employed 24 minors under age 16 to work more than legally permitted hours. These children sometimes worked more hours a day or week than the law permits, whether or not school is in session. Investigators also determined two 10-year-old children were employed – but not paid – and sometimes worked as late as 2 a.m. Below the minimum age for employment, they prepared and distributed food orders, cleaned the store, worked at the drive-thru window and operated a register. The division also learned that one of the two children was allowed to operate a deep fryer, a prohibited task for workers under 16 years old. The division assessed $39,711 in civil money penalties to address the child labor violations.
- Archways Richwood LLC – a Walton-based operator of 27 McDonald’s locations – allowed 242 minors between age 14 and 15 to work beyond the allowable hours. Most worked earlier or later in the day than the law permits and more than three hours on school days. The division assessed the employer with $143,566 in civil money penalties for their violations.
- Bell Restaurant Group I LLC is a Louisville-based operator of four McDonald’s locations and part of Brdancat Management Inc., a larger enterprise that includes Jesse Bell I, Jesse Bell V and Bell Restaurant Group II, which operates an additional 20 locations in Maryland, Indiana and Kentucky. The division found the employer allowed 39 workers – ages 14 and 15 – to work outside of and for more hours than the law permits. Some of these children worked more than the daily and weekly limits during school days and school weeks, and the employer allowed two of them to work during school hours. To address the child labor violations, the division assessed the employer $29,267 in civil money penalties. Investigators also found the employer systemically failed to pay workers overtime wages they were due and as a result, the division recovered $14,730 in back wages and liquidated damages for 58 workers.
I suspect that these franchisers will probably rationalize child labor fines as just the cost of doing business in Possum Hollar.
But this does challenge the Trojan Horse of parental rights to allow their kids do dangerous work. And Parental Rights is the same damn argument that the theocrats are using to ban books.
This is a scam excuse and we suck if we let them get away with it.
PARENTS ARE NOT THE OWNERS OF THEIR CHILDREN BUT THEIR GUARDIANS.
Your kids aren’t property. You have responsibility as their guardians not rights as their owners.
Wingnuttistan doesn’t seem to comprehend this, and it is the foundational lie behind all the ‘Parental Rights’ shit.
This is how civilized countries do this sort of thing: https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2023/05/02/your-law-intrigues-me/
I can just imagine the gargantuan shield volcano-like eruption of shit from the rieich-wing if something even remotely was attempted in this barbarian country.
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Forced labor (probably) is alive and well in the great state of Kenturkey. I’m old enough to remember when Jebus loved all the little children. Where’d that guy go?
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Saw this. Not only did the minors work more hours than allowed, some worked overtime. They weren’t paid overtime.
The 10 year olds were “visiting their parent” at the store. The writer said the parent needed to reassess their description of visiting. Also, that “visiting” excuse was probably meant to excuse working them without pay.
One more thing – working for the family business is allowed for minors, but not at 10. I think the lower limit for that labor was 14 – but don’t quote me on that one.
I didn’t double verify this, so I hope it’s all correct.
Boycott these bastards out of business. The pathetic fines won’t hurt them at all.