Chipotle Fined $1.3 Million For Child Labor Violations in Mass.
Chipotle has come under intense scrutiny over the past year when it came to light that over 13,000 child labor law violations took place in Massachusetts alone.
In a release from the Associated Press:
Violations included employees under the age of 18 working hours past midnight as well as clocking in over 48 hours per week. Apparently, Chipotle also hired minors without the proper working permits necessary to do so.
On top of that student's who worked for the company have reported that they worked so many hours that it affected their schoolwork.
Other fines include, penalties for earned sick time violations, with reports saying managers would only allow paid time off for certain illnesses.
The total fine is close to $2 million, and in response to the fines, Chipotle told Delish:
We are committed to ensuring that our restaurants are in full compliance with all laws and regulations and we believe that in hiring workers beginning at age 16, we can provide younger employees with valuable experiences and provide a compelling work environment. As part of our settlement with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General from violations dating back to 2015, we have agreed to donate $500,000 for the education and enforcement oversight related to child labor laws, for training and skills development of young workers, and to assist Massachusetts youth.
At this time it is unknown when the fines will be paid.