Owner of 13 McDonald’s restaurants accused of child labor violations

The US Department of Labor discovered 101 child labor violations at 13 McDonald’s restaurants in western Pennsylvania. The restaurants are owned by Santonastasso Enterprises of Bridgeville. The Department of Labor said the company paid a fine of $57,332. The government said the franchise owner allowed 14- and 15-year-old employees to work outside authorized hours. Violations include minors working: More than 3 hours a day and after 7 p.m. on school days when the law prohibits working beyond that time. 8 hours on a non-school day and more than 18 hours a week during a normal school week. Inspectors also found a case where a miner was illegally using a fryer. -years working in violation of the hours standard,” said Department of Labor Director of Wages and Hours John DuMont. One of the franchises with minors working illegal hours is in Oakland, near Pitt and Carnegie Mellon. Several student patrons say they are outraged. “It’s not a good thing, obviously. It shouldn’t be happening, especially these days, and there are definitely people out there who can work, so it feels like some kind of exploitation, and it’s very important that they put a stop to that,” Sherzoy, CMU student. Jan says. Another student agreed. for part-time jobs,” said CMU student Tioluwani Ajani. DuMont said parents should be aware of employers who seek to take advantage of children during the holidays. of these violations with employers trying to hire minors to fill employment gaps,” he said. A statement from franchise owners John and Kathleen Santonastasso said the following: “We take our role as a local employer very seriously and regret any scheduling issues. these may have taken place in our restaurants. Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and we have since implemented a series of new and improved processes and procedures to ensure that employee schedules are appropriate.

The US Department of Labor discovered 101 child labor violations at 13 McDonald’s restaurants in western Pennsylvania.

The restaurants are owned by Santonastasso Enterprises of Bridgeville. The Department of Labor said the company paid a fine of $57,332.

The government said the franchise owner allowed 14- and 15-year-old employees to work outside authorized hours. Violations include minors working:

  • More than 3 hours a day and after 7 p.m. on school days when the law prohibits working beyond this time.
  • After 9 p.m. on days between June 1 and Labor Day, when they can legally work until 9 p.m.
  • More than 8 hours on a non-school day and more than 18 hours per week during a normal school week.

Inspectors also uncovered a case where a miner was illegally using a fryer.

“It’s surprising that they have so many 14 and 15 year olds working in violation of the hours standard,” said Department of Labor Director of Wages and Hours John DuMont.

One of the franchises with minors working illegal hours is in Oakland near Pitt and Carnegie Mellon. Several student patrons said they were outraged.

“It’s not a good thing, obviously. It shouldn’t be happening, especially these days, and there are definitely people out there who can work, so it feels like some kind of exploitation, and it’s very important that they put a stop to that,” Sherzoy, CMU student. says Jan.

Another student accepted.

“It’s pretty disgusting to have an institution exploiting child labor, but I guess there are a lot of people who would be vulnerable because we’re in a university area, and there are a lot of people looking for part-time jobs,” CMU student Tioluwani Ajani said.

DuMont said parents should be aware of employers who seek to take advantage of children during the holidays.

“Right now, as we approach the holiday season, we are more likely to see more of these violations with employers trying to bring in minors to fill employment gaps,” he said. declared.

A statement from franchise owners John and Kathleen Santonastasso said the following:

“We take our role as a local employer very seriously and regret any scheduling issues that may have arisen at our restaurants. Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and we have since implemented a series of new and improved processes and procedures to ensure that employee schedules are appropriate.

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