A Tennessee restaurant is in hot water with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) after an investigation into a teen worker’s thumb injury found child labor law violations.
An investigation by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division found that Deli & Byung OG NA, operating as Schlotzky’s Deli of Memphis, allowed 16- and 17-year-old workers to clean and operate a deli meat slicer on a daily basis.
Activities involving cleaning and operating devices such as meat slicers are prohibited under the hazardous orders of federal child labor law.
The restaurant also allowed teen employees to work past 7 p.m. while school was in session and didn’t maintain proper records for workers under the age of 19.
These violations led to a $17,818 fine.