A franchisee of Popeyes has settled for $212,000 following an inquiry by the US Department of Labor that uncovered violations concerning child labor laws and unpaid overtime.

Employer: 14th St. Chicken Corp., doing business as Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits 7007 International Blvd.Oakland, CA 94621

Investigation Findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division conducted an investigation and discovered that a franchisee of the Popeyes fast-food chain, located in Oakland, Tracy, and Newark, had hired children as young as 13 years old and allowed minors to work longer and later than permitted by child labor laws. Additionally, the employer failed to pay workers their rightful overtime wages for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. This is the third time that the division has cited this Oakland-based Popeyes franchisee for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, with previous violations occurring in 2003 and 2022 at the Oakland and Tracy locations.

Back Wages Recovered: As a result of the investigation, the employer was ordered to pay $39,826 in unpaid overtime wages to 15 employees, as well as $39,826 in damages. The employer was also fined $121,104 for child labor violations and $12,104 for overtime violations.

Quote: “The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to combatting child labor violations in all industries, including the fast-food sector,” stated Alberto Raymond, Assistant District Director of the Wage and Hour Division in San Francisco. “Child labor laws are in place to protect minors and ensure that young workers have positive workplace experiences without compromising their education.”

Context: In the fiscal year of 2023, the Wage and Hour Division found over 950 instances of child labor violations in various industries, resulting in penalties of over $8 million for employers. Workers and employers can call the division confidentially with any questions, and the department can communicate with callers in over 200 languages. For more information about the Fair Labor Standards Act and other laws enforced by the agency, individuals can contact the division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243).

This news release is also available in Spanish.  

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