[Oakland, California] Employees at a local Popeye’s restaurant went on strike on Thursday, alleging severe child labor violations. A complaint has been filed with the California Labor
Commissioner and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA), shedding light on concerning practices at the Popeye’s located at 7007 International Boulevard.
The complaint reveals that a 13-year-old girl was working 40-hour weeks and being scheduled until midnight, violating California laws that prohibit 13-year-olds from working on school days and limit their non-school day hours to eight. Workers voiced their frustrations, highlighting the impact on education and personal well-being.
Additional concerns emerged regarding the hiring process. Teenage workers claim they were never asked for work permits, a clear violation of legal requirements. Furthermore, one student worker was unexpectedly called into work during school hours, resulting in missed classes.
The complaint on Popeye’s child labor violations also includes allegations of wage theft, harassment, and mistreatment. Workers were denied rest breaks, overtime pay was refused, and young employees endured sexually explicit comments. A physical altercation involving a customer, manager, and workers further escalated the hostile work environment.
Labor Law Advocates stands in solidarity with the courageous Popeye’s employees who have come forward. We condemn these violations and are committed to protecting workers’ rights. If you have been affected by job-related injustices, including child labor violations, wage theft, or harassment, contact Labor Law Advocates. Our experienced legal team is ready to help you seek justice.