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Minnesota Company Fined for Employing Minors


The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has imposed a fine of $300,000 on Don’s Food Company operating in Madelia, MN. The company agreed to the administrative penalty based on employing at least eight minors aged 14 to 17 to operate meat-processing equipment in contravention of state regulations over the period January 2021 through January 2023.


The Minnesota Department of Labor is now strictly enforcing the Child Labor Standards Act and the Commissioner of the Agency has urged employers to initiate training of HR personnel to identify possible child labor violations.


In addition to the $300,000 fine, the consent agreement accepted by Don’s Food Company will enforce compliance with all relevant child labor legislation over a three-year period including supervision by a third-party specialist and with mandated regular reporting to the state Department of Labor and Industry.

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