Two 10-year-olds found working at a Louisville McDonald’s late at night
The U.S. Department of Labor has found two 10-year-old boys working at a Louisville McDonald’s late at night. two 10-year-old boys working at a McDonald’s restaurant in Louisville (USA) until the wee hours of the morning, said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigated three franchisees – Bauer Food LLC, Archways Richwood LLC and Bell Restaurant Group I LLC. These three companies operate a total of 62 McDonald’s franchises in Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland and Ohio and during the investigation process it was discovered that. employed a total of 305 minors to work more than the law allows.
For failure to comply with these federal laws defending the minor from labor abuse, the three franchisees have been ordered to pay $212,000 (about 192,000 euros).. “Too often, employers do not comply with child labor laws that protect young workers,” explains Karen Garnett-Civils, director of the Louisville Wage and Hour Division. “Under no circumstances should there be a 10-year-old child working. in a fast food kitchen around hot grills, ovens and fryers.”
U.S. child labor regulations limit the types of jobs that underage employees can perform and the hours they can work. The limits on hours for 14- and 15-year-olds include: “Work must be performed outside of school hours; No more than 3 hours in a school day, and no more than 8 hours in a non-school day. May not begin before 7:00 a.m. or continue after 7:00 p.m.”.
While most cases of child labor violations involve minors working later than the law permits, the division found 688 minors illegally employed in hazardous work in 2022.the highest annual count since 2011. Among them was a 15-year-old minor. minor injured while using a deep fryer at a McDonald’s in Morristown, Tennessee in June 2022 .