Operators of 5 McDonald’s Locations In Pennsylvania Paid $26,894 Fine For Violating Child Labor Laws

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An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor has found that a man and woman who operate five McDonald’s franchise locations in the Western Pennsylvania employed 34 children to work later and longer than permitted by child labor laws.

Endor Inc., based in Cranberry Township, violated federal child labor regulations by employing 14- and 15-year-old children to work outside permissible hours as follows:

  • Before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. between Labor Day and June 1.
  • During school hours.
  • Later than 9 p.m. on days between June 1 and Labor Day.
  • More than 3 hours on a school day and more than 18 hours during a regular school week.
  • More than 8 hours on a non-school day.

The division’s investigation included the following locations and workers affected:

  • 249 Allegheny Road Brookville, 4 employees.
  • 136 Perkins Road Clarion, 9 employees.
  • 707 Main St. Clarion, 2 employees.
  • 102 N. Findley St. Punxsutawney, 9 employees.
  • 825 South St. St. Mary, 10 employees.

The Department said that Endor Inc., which is owned and operated by Paul and Meghan Sweeney, paid $26,894 in civil money penalties to the department to resolve its Fair Labor Standards Act violations.

“Fast food restaurants offer young workers an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, but federal law makes sure their experiences do not come at the expense of their education or well-being,” explained Wage and Hour Division District Director John DuMont in Pittsburgh. “The Fair Labor Standards Act allows for developmental experiences but restricts the work hours of 14- and 15-year-olds and provides for penalties when employers do not follow the law.”

The YouthRules! initiative promotes positive and safe work experiences for teens by providing information about protections for young workers to youth, parents, employers and educators. Through this initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor and its partners promote developmental work experiences that help prepare young workers to enter the workforce.

The Wage and Hour Division has also published Seven Child Labor Best Practices for Employers to help them comply with the law.

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