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Chipotle Fined $1.4 Million for Violating Child Labor Laws

Restaurant chain Chipotle was charged a $1.37 million fine for child labor violations in the state of Massachusetts.

In a statement, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced an investigation into the restaurant found 13,253 child labor violations in over 50 Chipotle locations and, therefore, the fine was ordered.

Healey’s statement read: “Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country and it has a duty to ensure minors are safe working in its restaurants. We hope these citations send a message to other fast food chains and restaurants that they cannot violate our child labor laws and put young people at risk.”

The investigation found that Chipotle routinely violated the law with “minors working without valid work permits, too late into the evening, and too many hours per day and per week.”

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