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A franchisee of the McDonald's fast food banner is accused of violating child labor laws at several of its restaurants in the Pittsburgh, USA area.< /p>
This is what CNN and the Washington Post tell us on Tuesday morning on their platforms.
Santonastasso Enterprises, which operates McDonald's locations in the Pittsburgh area, allowed 14- and 15-year-olds to work more than three hours after 7 p.m. on school days, after 9 p.m. in the summer and over the number hours allowed during school and non-school days, according to the Labor Department.
The agency also accused the company of illegally employing youths for more than eight hours a day on weekends and more than eighteen hours a week during school weeks.
In one case, a miner was even allowed to illegally operate a fryer without the proper safety equipment.
“Allowing young workers to work excessive hours can compromise their safety, well-being and their education,” Department of Labor official John Dumont told the Washington Post.
“Employers who hire young workers must understand and follow federal laws. child labor or face costly consequences,” he adds.
In a statement provided by McDonald's and picked up by CNN, John and Kathleen Santonastasso, owners of Santonastasso Enterprises, say this : “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 be of our employees, and we have since implemented pl ace a series of new processes to ensure employees are scheduled appropriately,” they explain.