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McDonald’s Restaurants Employing Hundreds of Underage Children, Including 10-Year-Olds

May 4, 2023 | By Kali Girl

According to a recent announcement by the Labor Department, McDonald’s restaurants in Kentucky and various other states have been found to be in violation of federal labor laws, as over 300 children were discovered working at these establishments, reports NBC News. Shockingly, the group includes two 10-year-olds who were working without pay and until the late hours of 2 a.m. at a McDonald’s restaurant in Louisville. Bauer Food LLC, a Louisville-based company, owns and operates this location.

Upon further investigation, the children were found to be performing various tasks such as preparing and distributing food orders, cleaning the store, working the drive-thru window, and even operating a register. One of the children was even allowed to operate a deep fryer, a clear violation of federal law as such tasks are prohibited for workers under the age of 16.

According to a recent report by the Labor Department, at least 305 minors were found to have been employed in violation of federal labor laws across 62 McDonald’s locations in Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, and Ohio. These restaurants were operated under the oversight of three franchisees: Bauer Food LLC, Archways Richwood LLC, and Bell Restaurant Group I LLC.

In response to the report, Bauer Food LLC stated that the two 10-year-olds alleged to have been employed at the McDonald’s restaurant were actually the children of a night manager who were visiting their parent at work. Additionally, Bauer Food LLC clarified that these children were not approved by the franchisee organization management to be in that particular area of the restaurant.

“These reports are unacceptable, deeply troubling and run afoul of the high expectations we have for the entire McDonald’s brand,” Tiffanie Boyd, senior vice president and chief people officer at McDonald’s USA, said in a statement. “It is not lost on us the significant responsibility we carry to ensure a positive and safe experience for everyone under the Arches.”

“I know how important it is that every restaurant fosters a culture of safety. As a mother whose teenage son proudly worked at our local McDonald’s, I feel this on a very personal level,” she added. “We are committed to ensuring our franchisees have the resources they need to foster safe workplaces for all employees and maintain compliance with all labor laws.”

According to the franchisee, measures have been implemented to clarify policies concerning the visitation of children to a parent or guardian’s workplace for all staff members.

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