Louisville company found to be violating child labor laws

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Louisville-based franchisee of nearly 100 restaurants will have to pay a fine for violating child labor laws, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The department says an investigation found that 99 Wendy’s and Fazoli’s restaurants in nine states will pay $157,114 for the violation.

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Investigators say the restaurants allowed 14 and 15-year-old employees to work outside of legally approved hours and for more hours than allowed by the law. They found 446 minors worked before 7:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. on school nights, worked more than three hours on a school day or worked more than eight hours on a non-school day.

Investigators say they found the violations at restaurant locations in Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee and Wisconsin.