The U.S. Department of Labor has fined McDonald’s franchisees in multiple states for employing minors, some as young as 10 years old. The franchisees have been ordered to pay back wages to the affected children and to also pay civil penalties. The child labor violations were discovered during a nationwide enforcement initiative targeting fast food restaurants.
According to federal law, children under the age of 14 are generally prohibited from working in non-agricultural jobs, and there are strict limits on the number of hours and types of work that can be performed by minors under the age of 16.
The violations committed by the franchisees not only violated federal laws but also put the young workers at risk of injury or exploitation.
The Mcdonald’s child workers case highlights the importance of enforcing labor laws and protecting the rights of vulnerable workers, particularly children. It also underscores the responsibility of employers to comply with laws regarding the employment of minors.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of labor law violations, contact Labor Law Advocates, a California-based employment law firm, for legal assistance in fighting for your rights and seeking compensation for any damages suffered. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to holding employers accountable and advocating for fair treatment of workers.