McDonald's Franchises Fined for Exploiting Child Labor: A Call for Action and Justice Introduction

McDonald's Franchises Fined for Exploiting Child Labor: A Call for Action and Justice Introduction
Photo by Visual Karsa / Unsplash

Moms Justice is dedicated to supporting and protecting the rights of children and their families. We are appalled by the recent discovery of child labor exploitation at three McDonald's franchises in Kentucky. In today's blog post, we will discuss the details of the investigation, the consequences for the franchises involved, and the importance of holding fast-food chains accountable for their actions. We believe in justice, and we stand by our commitment to ensure the rights and well-being of all children are protected.

Photo by Alia / Unsplash

The US Department of Labor conducted an investigation into the employment of minors at McDonald's franchises owned by Louisville-based Bauer Food LLC. Shockingly, investigators found that two 10-year-old children were employed and made to work without pay, sometimes as late as 2 a.m. These young children were among two dozen minors under the age of 16 employed across 10 McDonald's locations.

In violation of child labor laws, these minors were tasked with preparing and distributing food orders, cleaning the store, manning the drive-thru windows, operating a register, and even operating a deep fryer, which is only permitted for employees over the age of 16.

As a result of the investigation, Bauer Food LLC was forced to pay $39,711 in fines levied by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. While this financial penalty may serve as a deterrent, we must ask ourselves if it is enough to ensure that companies take their responsibilities seriously when it comes to child labor laws and the welfare of their employees.

The exploitation of child labor at these McDonald's franchises is a stark reminder of the need for vigilance, not just by the government but also by the public, to hold companies accountable for their actions. As consumers and as members of our communities, we must demand that businesses prioritize the well-being of their workers and adhere to all labor laws.

We hope McDonald's and other fast-food chains to take immediate action and ensure that such incidents do not occur again. This includes providing better training and supervision for franchise owners, implementing stronger policies to protect workers, and conducting regular audits of their franchises.

At Moms Justice, we are committed to fighting for the rights and protection of children and their families. The child labor exploitation at these McDonald's franchises is a sobering reminder of the need for all of us to be vigilant and proactive in holding companies accountable for their actions. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that every child has a safe and just environment in which to grow and thrive.

Disclaimer: Some information on this site may be considered attorney advertising under your state’s laws and ethical rules. This legal news site and its content is for general information only and is not legal advice. Information on this site may be incomplete or out-of-date.

No attorney-client relationship is created between you and any attorney who publishes content or online forms on this site. Hiring a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements.

Chipotle’s $240,000 Settlement: A Win for Workers in Unionization Battle
The well-known fast-food chain faces the consequences of closing a Maine location that attempted to unionize. In a recent landmark decision, Chipotle Mexican Grill agreed to pay $240,000 to its former employees after closing a restaurant in Maine that was unionizing. This settlement serves as a…
🍔👑Burger King Sued for Ads That Allegedly Exaggerate Size of Sandwiches
Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against Burger King, alleging that the fast food chain exaggerates the size of its burgers in its advertisements. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, is asking for damages for the plaintiffs and for anyone else who fell for
DoorDash Lawsuit: Hidden Fees and Exploiting Consumers, Drivers, and Restaurants
📲We may earn commissions from ads and links on this page. A recently proposed class action lawsuit alleges that DoorDash, a popular food-delivery platform, has been exploiting millions of consumers, struggling restaurants, and a largely immigrant workforce through its predatory fees and deceptive…