Chick-fil-A owner fined for violating child labor laws, grocery workers paid: report

A Chick-fil-A owner in North Carolina was fined over $6,000 and ordered to pay a handful of employees with back wages after the Labor Department found multiple child labor and minimum wage standards were violated.

A report released Monday by the DOL said the Chick-fil-A Hendersonville, NC, location owned by Good Name 22:1 LLC allowed three workers under the age of 18 to operate, load or unload a compactor. resulting in fines of $6,450.

Federal child labor laws prohibit employed minors from performing hazardous work.

Activities such as driving a motor vehicle, packing or processing meat, operating power-operated machinery and roofing work are considered hazardous.

DOL’s Wages and Hours Division also issued fines after finding that the restaurant was paying certain employees who direct traffic in the drive-through area and parking lot with meal vouchers instead of actual wages.

As a result of the violation, the site had to pay $235 in back wages to seven employees.

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A North Carolina Chic-fil-A owner has been fined after the Labor Department found multiple child labor violations.
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The Department of Labor has fined the Chik-fil-A owner over $6,000.
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A statement from Richard Blaylock, district director for the Wage and Hour Division in Raleigh, NC, said protecting the youngest workers is a top priority for his department.

“Child labor laws ensure that young people’s work does not endanger their health, well-being or educational opportunities. In addition, employers are responsible for paying workers for all hours worked and payment must be made in cash or legal tender,” he continued.

A Chick-fil-A in Tampa, Fla., was hit with similar fines after the owner allowed 17 workers, ages 14 and 15, to work after 7 p.m. and more than 3 hours a day during school days, according to the DOL.

Employers who are unsure about wage and hour laws can contact the department at 1-866-4-US-WAGE. Employees can call this number confidentially to report violations. The department can communicate in over 200 languages.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/21/chick-fil-a-owner-fined-for-violating-child-labor-laws-paying-workers-in-food-report/ Chick-fil-A owner fined for violating child labor laws, grocery workers paid: report

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