Labor Law Violations Uncovered in Nine States, Including WI

The owner of 99 Wendy’s and Fazoli’s restaurants in nine
states – including Wisconsin – has been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Wage & Hour Division for violating child labor laws.

Manna, Inc., based in Louisville is being fined $157,114
after an investigation by the Department of Labor found the franchisee violated
child labor requirements by allowing 14 and 15-year-olds to work outside of
legally approved hours, and for more hours than allowed by law.

A news release says investigators found 446 minors worked
before 7 am or after 7 pm on school nights, worked more than three hours on a
school day or worked more than eight hours on a non-school day, all of which
are violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

One of the locations in which violations were reported was
the Fazoli’s restaurant in Fond du Lac on north Pioneer Road. Wendy’s
restaurants in Beaver Dam, Sheboygan and West Bend were also identified as locations
that had labor law violations.