U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Jimmy John’s Franchise Paying Civil Penalty for Child Labor Violations
ORANGE CITY, FL - MorBury OC LLC – operator of Jimmy John's Store 1151 restaurant in Orange City, Florida – has paid a civil penalty of $2,218 after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
WHD found that MorBury OC LLC allowed a 16-year-old minor employee to use a meat slicing machine, a violation of FLSA child labor requirements which prohibits minors from engaging in a hazardous occupation.
The employer also paid $367 in back wages to resolve payroll violations found during the investigation after MorBury OC LLC failed to pay two employees required overtime. WHD also determined that the employer failed to keep accurate records of the number of hours employees worked, and failed to maintain copies of the dates of birth for other minor employees, resulting in recordkeeping violations.
"The safety of young workers remains a priority for the Wage and Hour Division. Employers have a responsibility to fully understand and comply with the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to ensure minors work in a safe environment," said Wage and Hour Division District Director Daniel White, in Jacksonville, Florida. "We encourage employers that employ minors to review child labor laws, and to contact us for any assistance they need."
For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, contact the toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations may self-report and resolve those violations without litigation through the PAID program. Information is also available at https://www.dol.gov/whd.