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News Release

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Subway Franchisee Paying $47,657 Penalty after Child Labor Violations at Four Wisconsin Restaurants

WAUSAU, WI – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Shadowlake Enterprises – operator of four Subway Restaurant franchise locations in Wausau, Wisconsin – has paid $47,657 in civil money penalties for child labor and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

WHD investigators determined the employer violated federal occupational standards for employees under age 16 by permitting 55 employees, ages 14- and 15-years-old, to operate prohibited baking and toaster ovens, and to work more than 3 hours on school days or more than 8 hours on non-school days. The employer also failed to maintain records verifying the date of birth for some of the employees under age 19.

"Employment standards for 14- and 15-year-old workers ensure minors gain a positive work experience that does not interfere with their education, health, and well-being," said Wage and Hour District Director David King, in Minneapolis. "Child labor violations can be avoided when employers understand the rules. We encourage employers to contact us for guidance, and use the wide variety of tools we offer to help them comply with the law."

Shadowlake Enterprises has agreed to use a computerized scheduling system that will automatically control the hours scheduled for individual employees based on their age.

For more information about the FLSA, child labor provisions and other laws enforced by WHD, contact the Division's toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available at including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the Division.

Wage and Hour Division
January 31, 2019
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Media Contact: Scott Allen
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