Thursday, December 15, 2011

CA Chuck E. Cheese's fined for child-labor violations

Restaurants in Cupertino, Redwood City, Brentwood, Newark, San Bruno,
Fairfield and two in San Jose allowed teenagers to load and operate
trash compactors, while the Chuck E. Cheese's in Rohnert Park allowed
minors to operate a dough mixer, according to the U.S. Department of
Labor's wage and hour division. Minors are not allowed to operate the

"We all want young workers to develop the skills and experience
necessary to compete in the marketplace, but safety must never be
sacrificed in the process," said Ruben Rosalez, acting administrator
in the Western region for the Labor Department's wage and hour
division. "Employers have an obligation to ensure minors are not
performing tasks that could be harmful, which is why these child labor
rules were established."