DOL fines McDonald’s for hiring 10-year-olds as unpaid workers

Children as young as 10 were employed at a McDonald's franchise in Kentucky, violating federal labour laws. They prepared food, operated registers, and worked the drive-through window


A McDonald’s franchise based in Kentucky has been slapped with a fine by the Department of Labour (DOL) for violating federal labour laws. The franchisee was found to have employed children, some as young as 10 years old, as unpaid workers in their restaurant.

These children were involved in preparing and distributing food orders, operating the register, and even working at the drive-through window. Shockingly, some of these young workers were made to work until as late as 2 a.m. in the morning, which is in clear violation of the legally permitted hours of work for minors.

The DOL’s investigation revealed that the restaurant had employed a total of 24 minors under the age of 16, who were made to work more than the legally permitted hours. This is not only a blatant disregard for labour laws but also poses a serious threat to the safety and well-being of the children involved.

The company is disappointed in the franchisee’s actions and has stated that such reports are unacceptable, deeply troubling, and go against the high expectations the McDonald’s brand has for its franchisees.

The DOL’s fine of nearly $40,000 is a clear indication that such actions will not be tolerated and that strict action will be taken against those who violate labour laws. It is crucial for all employers to ensure that their workers, especially minors, are treated with respect and fairness and that their safety and well-being are given the highest priority.

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