☷Popeyes franchisee pays $212K after US Department of Labor investigation finds child labor overtime violations
U.S. Department of Labor ( By Press Release office)
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Popeyes franchisee in trouble for child labor and overtime violations , had kids as young as 13 working at their San Francisco Bay Area locations . The franchisee , known as 14th St . Chicken Corp . , operating as Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits on International Blvd . in Oakland , CA , got busted by the US Department of Labor . They found that the franchisee hired underage kids and made them work longer hours than allowed by child labor laws . On top of that , they also cheated their workers out of overtime pay . This isn ' t the first time this franchisee has been caught breaking the rules either . In the past , they were cited for similar violations at their Oakland and Tracy restaurants in 2003 and 2022 . As a result , they had to pay back wages and damages totaling $39 , 826 for 15 employees , as well as $121 , 104 in civil money penalties for child labor violations and $12 , 104 for overtime violations . The US Department of Labor is cracking down on child labor violations across all industries , including fast food . They want to protect young workers and make sure they have a positive work experience without sacrificing their education . In fact , in fiscal year 2023 alone , the Wage and Hour Division found child labor violations in over 950 investigations , resulting in over $8 million in penalties for employers . Workers and employers can call the division confidentially if they have any questions , and the department can assist callers in over 200 languages . If you want more information about the laws enforced by the agency , you can contact their toll - free helpline at 866 - 4US - WAGE ( 487 - 9243 ) .
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