A pair that operates 13 McDonald’s areas in Pennsylvania has been accused by the feds of more than 100 child labor violations at its burger joints.
The Department of Labor is accusing franchise owners John and Kathleen Santonastasso of working 14- and 15-year-old workers exterior of authorized hours, and permitting them to deal with gear they don’t seem to be sufficiently old to legally function.
Regulators additionally discovered that the franchise owners repeatedly labored minors into the night on college days, and more than eight hours a day on non-school days. Both practices are unlawful.
“Permitting young workers to work excessive hours can jeopardize their safety, well-being and education,” stated John DuMont, the Labor Department Wage Director. “Employers who hire young workers must understand and comply with federal child labor laws or face costly consequences.”
One inspector discovered a case of a minor illegality working a deep fryer.
The Santonastassos’ company has paid a civil penalty of $57,332.
DuMont warned dad and mom to be particularly vigilant about their child’s working hours this time of year, when employers are scrambling for additional vacation assist.
“Right now, near the holiday season is where we’re more apt to see more of these violations with employers trying to bring on minors to fill in employment gaps,” he stated.
The Santonastassos launched an announcement chalking up the violations to “scheduling issues,” including, “our biggest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and we have since instituted a series of new and enhanced processes and procedures to ensure employees are scheduled appropriately.”