BOSTON (CBS) — The owner of 10 Dunkin’ locations in the Boston area will pay $120,000 for violating multiple child labor laws in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Friday. Her office said certain laws protecting minors in the workplace “were violated more than one thousand times across four of their Dunkin Donuts locations.”
The violations were for having minors work too early or late, working longer than the maximum allowed hours in a day, failing to obtain work permits for minors, minors working unsupervised after 8 p.m. and minors who didn’t get a meal break after working more than six hours. About 20 minor employees were affected.READ MORE: Man Metal Detecting On Maine Beach Finds Medford High School Class Ring Missing Since 1984
“Companies that employ young workers have a responsibility to keep them safe by complying with the child labor laws,” Healey said in a statement. “This settlement will help ensure young people stay safe as they gain valuable job experience.”READ MORE: Police Officer Rushes Into Burning Somerville Home, Alerting Residents To Fire
Govostes Management Group and owner Francine Weiner-Govostes, who were issued five citations by Healey, have since changed their scheduling systems for minors and have retrained managers to comply with the rules.
“All Dunkin’ restaurants are independently owned and operated by franchisees who are responsible for making their own business decisions, including but not limited to wages and the benefits they offer their employees,” Canton-based Dunkin’ said in a statement. “They are required to comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws.”MORE NEWS: Teenagers Arrested After Fight At South Boston Beach Amid Concerns Over Liquor Deliveries
In the last year, Healey has penalized 37 employers, including restaurant chains Dunkin’, Qdoba and Wendy’s, $3.4 million for child labor violations.