McDonald's Operators Penalized Over Child Labor Violations

More than 30 children worked later and longer than permitted.

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PITTSBURGH – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor has found the operator of five McDonald’s franchise locations in the greater Pittsburgh area employed 34 children to work later and longer than permitted by child labor laws.

The department’s Wage and Hour Division learned Endor Inc., based in Cranberry Township, violated federal child labor regulations by employing 14- and 15-year-old children to work outside permissible hours as follows:

  • Before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. between Labor Day and June 1.
  • During school hours.
  • Later than 9 p.m. on days between June 1 and Labor Day.
  • More than 3 hours on a school day and more than 18 hours during a regular school week.
  • More than 8 hours on a non-school day.

Owned by Paul and Meghan Sweeney, Endor Inc. paid $26,894 in civil money penalties to the department to resolve its Fair Labor Standards Act violations.

“Fast food restaurants offer young workers an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, but federal law makes sure their experiences do not come at the expense of their education or well-being,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director John DuMont in Pittsburgh. “The Fair Labor Standards Act allows for developmental experiences but restricts the work hours of 14- and 15-year-olds and provides for penalties when employers do not follow the law.” 

The division’s investigation included the following locations and workers affected:

  • 249 Allegheny Road, Brookville, Pa.: 4
  • 136 Perkins Road, Clarion, Pa.: 9
  • 707 Main St., Clarion, Pa.: 2
  • 102 N. Findley St., Punxsutawney, Pa.: 9
  • 825 South St., St. Mary's, Pa.: 10
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