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In the United States, minors under the age of 16 are subject to strict supervision of their working hours and days.
UNITED STATES – They worked outside authorized hours, sometimes without pay. Three McDonald’s restaurant franchises in the southeastern United States have been convicted of illegally employing several hundred teenagers, but also two 10-year-old children, according to a press release from the US State Department of Labor released on Tuesday (May 2). .
These three companies (Bauer Food, Archways Richwood and Bell Restaurant Group) operate a total of 62 McDonald’s restaurants in the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland and Ohio. According to the investigation carried out by the American authorities, they used “305 children to work more than the legally permitted hours and perform tasks prohibited by law for young workers. »
Worse still, two 10-year-old children were discovered working in the kitchens of a McDonald’s in Louisville, Kentucky, without pay, until two in the morning.
Louisville franchise fights back
“Working in a kitchen late at night near hazardous equipment is a reality for many adults in the restaurant industry. But finding 10-year-olds in such a working environment is cause for concern and action,” denounced the US Department of Labor in its press release.
In the United States, child labor is, as in France, regulated by law. If young Americans can be employed almost normally from the age of 16, below this age their working hours are limited to three on school days and eight the rest of the time.
Asked to explain themselves after the discovery of the two 10-year-old minors in its kitchens, the management of the McDonald’s restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, assured CNN that they were not employees, but the children of a night manager whom they were visiting. Their presence at this time in the kitchens of the fast food would have never been approved.
McDonald’s already pinned
Also with CNN, the representative of McDonald’s US, Tiffanie Boyd, simply denounced situations “unacceptable”. It ensures that the three franchisees implicated “goes against (McDonald’s) high expectations for the brand as a whole. »
For all the offenses listed by the US State Department, the three McDonald’s franchises (Bauer Food, Archways Richwood and Bell Restaurant Group) were ordered to pay a total of 212,754 dollars, or nearly 192,000 euros.
This is not the first time that McDonald’s restaurants have been implicated in the United States for violations of the law on child labor. Last February, US authorities fined another franchise $92,107 for illegally employing 154 teenagers.
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