Kroger supermarket allowed minors to engage in hazardous work, exceed hours standards, US Department of Labor investigation in Mississippi finds
Employer: The Kroger Co. Inc.
Investigation site: 3095 Goodman Road
Southaven, MS 38672
Investigation findings: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found the supermarket location allowed three minor-aged workers, 16- and 17-year-olds, to load a trash compactor with the keys in the machine to allow operation. The employer also allowed a 15-year-old employee to work more than three hours on a school day and more than 18 hours during a school week, all violations of the federal child labor standards.
Civil Money Penalties Assessed: The agency assessed a $13,673 civil penalty to address the child labor violations.
Quote: “Child labor laws are intended to ensure young workers obtain valuable work experience safely without interfering with their safety and education,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Audrey Hall in Jackson, Mississippi. “Employers who hire minors must know the regulations that govern this practice. As the end of the school year fast approaches, employers should review child labor laws and contact the Wage and Hour Division if they have questions.”
Background: The Kroger Co. Inc. is one of the nation’s largest retailers, operating more than 2,700 multi-department supermarkets in 35 states and the District of Columbia. It also has 45 distribution centers in the U.S. and employs nearly 500,000 workers.
Review a fact sheet on Fair Labor Standards Act wage laws and the restaurant industry. The division offers information for employers and for young workers, parents and educators about child labor to promote positive and safe work experiences for teens. Learn more about Wage and Hour Division.