By Shereen Siewert
A Franchisee of 99 Wendy’s and Fazoli’s restaurants, include one located in Rib Mountain, will pay fines of $157,114 for violating child labor laws, according to a U.S. Department of Labor news release.
Manna Inc., which is based Louisville, Ky., violated child labor requirements by allowing 14- and 15-year-old employees to work outside of legally approved hours and for more hours than allowed by law, according to the release. Investigators found 446 minors worked before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. on school nights, worked more than 3 hours on a school day or worked more than 8 hours on a non-school day – all violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA.
“Child labor laws exist to ensure that when young people work, the work does not jeopardize their health and well-being or educational opportunities,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Karen Garnett-Civils.
Fazoli’s in Rib Mountain and in Stevens Point appear on the list of restaurants at which the violations occurred. Other locations in Wisconsin are centered in the Madison, Milwaukee and Fox Valley regions.
Wendy’s Restaurant in Weston is not on the list, which shows locations in eight states in addition to Wisconsin.
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