Tampa Pizza Franchise Violated Child Labor Laws

The Marco's locations allowed underage employees to work improper hours and perform hazardous tasks.

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A Tampa Marco's Pizza franchisee has paid nearly $8,000 in penalties after allowing 15-year-olds to work outside permitted hours and engage in hazardous duties.

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found that American Pizza Empire LLC – operating as Marcos Pizza in Riverview – allowed three 15-year-old workers to work past 7 p.m., or more than three hours during a school day, between Labor Day and June 1, and more than 18 hours in a week while school was in session, in violation of the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In addition, the employer allowed one 15-year-old employee to operate a power-driven bakery machine to stretch and flatten pizza dough, a hazardous occupation for minors under the FLSA. The same worker sustained a burn to their hand during baking activities, which led to an additional violation.

The agency assessed $7,950 in penalties to address the child labor violations.

β€œEmployers must understand child labor rules and regulations when they decide to hire minor-aged workers. Learning about hazardous occupations for minors after an incident occurs can lead to serious and costly consequences,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Nicolas Ratmiroff in Tampa. β€œWe encourage employers to use our Youthrules.gov website or to contact the Wage and Hour Division to learn how to keep these young workers safe on the job.”

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