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Wendy’s: All the Goodness, But Hold the Alleged Child Labor Violations

 

  • Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with fast food restaurant chain Wendy’s International LLC (“Wendy’s”) to resolve allegations that Wendy’s labor practices violated Massachusetts child labor laws.
  • According to the AG’s office, Wendy’s allegedly incurred more than 2,100 violations in its Massachusetts restaurants, including minor employees working too late or too many hours per day.
  • Under the terms of the settlement, Wendy’s undertook changes to its labor practices, including modifying its scheduling system to flag the scheduling of minors, issuing all minor employees a red visor to alert managers of their age, instituting daily checklists, and undertaking training and auditing programs. Wendy’s also agreed to pay $200,000 to a fund administered by the AG’s office that creates education programs about child labor as well as provides training for young workers.
  • As previously reported, AG Healey also recently settled with Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. to resolve allegations of child labor laws violations in its Massachusetts restaurants.