WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle was fined $1.3 million over thousands of child labor violations at its Massachusetts restaurants, the state’s attorney general announced Monday.
- Chipotle Mexican Grill kept teen employees on the clock later than the law allowed and let minors work more than the legal limit of 48 hours a week.
- Officials said that the case involved over 50 corporate-owned Chipotle eateries across the state.
Chipotle Mexican Grill was fined $1.3 million over thousands of child labor violations at its Massachusetts restaurants, the state’s attorney general said on Monday.
It is the largest child labor penalty ever issued by Massachusetts, according to Attorney General Maura Healey. The Mexican restaurant chain was found to have an estimated 13,253 child labor violations in its more than 50 locations across the state.
“Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country and it has a duty to ensure minors are safe working in its restaurants,” the attorney general said in a statement.
“We hope these citations send a message to other fast food chains and restaurants that they cannot violate our child labor laws and put young people at risk,” Healey added.
According to the fine, Chipotle had employees under the age of 18 working past midnight and for over 48 hours a week. Minors told investigators their hours of work were so long that it was keeping them from doing their schoolwork. The Mexican chain also regularly hire minors without work permits.
The settlement total is closer to $2 million, including penalties for earned sick time violations in which managers granted employees paid time off only for certain illnesses, according to the Associated Press. The violations also include failure to keep accurate records and pay timely wages. Lastly, the company was ordered a voluntary $500,000 payout to a state youth worker fund dedicated to education, enforcement and training.