BROCKTON — White’s Bakery Owner David White has been ordered to pay $25,000 after multiple violations of Massachusetts child labor laws, according to a press release from Attorney General Maura Healey.
The bakery, which was in violation at its storefronts in Brockton, Hingham and Mansfield, was scheduling its employees who are minors to work too many hours in a day and too late into the evening, as well as for failing to secure a work permit for all of the minors employed at the bakery, Healey’s office said.
A separate investigation of White’s Bakery by the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division led the agency to the child labor violations. The other investigation was focused on the Brockton location, and resulted in a lawsuit against the bakery and two managers for alleged racial and disability discrimination against an employee.
The bakery also violated the child labor laws in 2018 for similar acts, officials said.
Under the Massachusetts child labor laws, children under 18 years of age cannot work more than nine hours in a day or 48 hours in a week. Children who are 14 or 15 years old cannot work past 7 p.m., and 16 and 17 year olds cannot work past 10 p.m. on a night before school or past midnight otherwise. Employers are also required to have work permits for all employees under age 18.
The annual Labor Day Report from the Attorney General’s office stated that in fiscal year 2020, $3.4 million was collected in violations of child labor laws, from restaurants including Dunkin’, Qdoba, Wendy’s and Chipotle.
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