LOUISVILLE, KY (WKOW/KTTC) – A franchisee that operates the Fazoli's in Rochester has been fined for violating child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Manna Inc. – a Louisville, Kentucky-based franchisee of 99 Wendy’s and Fazoli’s restaurants in nine states – will pay a civil money penalty of $157,114 after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
Investigators say they found violations involving one minor working at the Rochester restaurant at 5550 Highway 52 N.
WHD investigators determined Manna Inc. 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 a news release.
WHD investigators found the violations at restaurant locations in Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Tennessee. See the full list here.
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 FLSA violations.
“Child labor laws exist to ensure that when young people work, the work does not jeopardize their health and well-being or educational opportunities,” Wage and Hour Division District Director Karen Garnett-Civils, in Louisville, Kentucky said in a news release. “We encourage all employers to review their employment obligations and to contact the Wage and Hour Division for compliance assistance.”
For more information about the child labor standards, the FLSA and other laws enforced by WHD, contact the division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd, including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division.