Two fast food restaurants in South Carolina were fined by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) after an investigation revealed teen workers were employed in hazardous occupations.
The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division conducted investigations at several Burger King, Subway, Popeyes and Frodo’s Pizza locations and found multiple child labor law violations, a few of which involved safety hazards.
Two Subway locations operated by Pleasantway Inc. were fined $4,902 after investigators discovered four 15-year-olds were employed in “prohibited baking activities,” according to a DOL news release.
One Frodo’s Pizza restaurant allowed three 16-year-old employees to work as delivery drivers. Federal law prohibits minors from operating motor vehicles as part of their occupation. The restaurant was fined $3,006.
Several other restaurants were fined for allowing teens to work hours deemed excessive under the Fair Labor Standards Act.