Dunkin’ Is in Serious Trouble in Massachusetts
"America Runs on Dunkin." We've all heard it and that's exactly what we do in here Massachusetts. If you haven't had Dunkin at least once in your lifetime, you're not a true New Englander. Unfortunately, for this Dunkin' franchise owner, he won't be running on Dunkin' anytime soon. Only on fines.
According to cbsnews.com, a company called The Westford Group Inc. owned by Michael and Brian Marino is trouble for violating Child Labor Laws. We're talking over 12,000 violations for the past year and a half. A work permit for minors was never obtained, minors we're not supervised after 8 p.m. and they had them working early morning or late-night hours as well as exceedingly too many hours.
An investigation started when an employee who is a minor, stated that they were required to work more than 10 hours a day. More than 50 employees are affected by these child labor law violations. Michael and Brian Marino are now forced to pay more than $145,000 in fines for these violations. Their Dunkin' locations in Lowell, Worcester, Grafton, Millbury, Westboro and Leominster.
"Companies that employ young workers have a responsibility to provide a safe and productive work environment," she said in a statement. "We are committed to protecting the rights of young workers in Massachusetts and ensuring that employers understand and comply with our labor laws." - Healey
Back in September, the U.S. Department of Labor also found a handful of Child Labor Law violations throughout many New England Restaurants including Dunkin' and even McDonald's locations.
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