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Chuck E. Cheese fined for child labor violations

Kid-favorite pizza chain rung up for letting teenagers operate dangerous equipment

Well, this certainly brings new meaning to the motto, “Where a kid can be a kid.” International pizza chain Chuck E. Cheese will be out a little dough thanks to the Department of Labor (DOL), which levied a series of fines against the company for violating child labor laws.

The DOL sunk its teeth into the pizza maker yesterday, fining it more than $28,000 for violations occurring at nine Northern California restaurants. According to reports, the restaurants allowed their teenage employees to run onsite trash compactors, which is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act that states that young employees cannot be allowed to engage in “hazardous jobs.”

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