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McDonald’s Hires 80 Minors In Texas, Under Fire And Speculation

“While learning new skills in the workplace is an important part of growing up, an employer’s first responsibility is to protect minor-aged children from potential workplace hazards.”

According to the news release, the franchise earned a civil penalty of $56,106 for the infractions.
In a surprising disclosure, two McDonald’s were discovered to violate labour rules by employing 80 juveniles in Louisiana and Texas. The franchise’s flagrant disrespect for underage worker restrictions has prompted criticism and alarm in the community.

While authorities investigate, the fast-food corporation faces the risk of substantial punishment for its behaviour. This article delves into the specifics of the alleged labour law violations and the possible ramifications that McDonald’s may face as a result of its actions.

According to the US Department of Labour, the McDonald’s franchise that owns 12 restaurants in metro New Orleans broke child labour rules and hired more than 80 juveniles in two states.

According to the agency, CLB Investments LLC in Metairie employed 72 14- and 15-year-old workers, allowing them to work longer and later than federal law allows at 12 restaurants in New Orleans, Kenner, Jefferson, and Metairie.

Wage and Hour Division investigators also discovered that the employer permitted three youngsters to operate manual deep fryers, which is illegal for employees under 16.

According to the news release, the franchise earned a civil penalty of $56,106 for the infractions.

Chris Bardell, the owner/operator of New Orleans, stated that he is committed to the safety of his employees. “Since learning of these violations, I’ve introduced mandatory child labour law training for my restaurant managers and conducted regular audits to ensure we comply with labour regulations,” Bardell said in a statement.

Similar infractions were discovered at four McDonald’s stores in Texas run by Marwen & Son LLC in Cedar Park, Georgetown, and Leander.

Investigators discovered that in Texas, the company employed ten minors aged 14 to 15 to work hours longer than permitted by law. They also discovered that the employer permitted seven youngsters to operate a manual fryer and oven and two of the seven to run a trash compactor. Marwen & Son was fined $21,466 in civil penalties for its offences.

“Employers must never jeopardize the safety and well-being of young workers or interfere with their education,” Wage and Hour Division Regional Administrator Betty Campbell in Dallas emphasized.

“While learning new skills in the workplace is an important part of growing up, an employer’s first responsibility is to protect minor-aged children from potential workplace hazards.”

These discoveries follow the announcement of three McDonald’s franchise operators breaking child labour regulations in May, involving over 300 children, some as young as 10, at 62 sites across four states.

“We take this issue seriously and are committed to ensuring our franchises have the resources they need to maintain compliance with all U.S. labour laws,” said Tiffanie Boyd, Chief People Officer for McDonald’s USA, in a statement.

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