Dunkin Donuts cited for child labor law violations


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Tuesday that two Dunkin Donuts franchise owners were cited and fined for violating Massachusetts child labor laws.

James Carafotes of Sutton, Mass., his business partner Dinart Serpa of Beverly, Mass., and their five franchise locations have been fined a total of $7,700 for multiple violations of the state's child labor laws.

Coakley's office alleged that child labor violations occurred at Carafotes' and Serpa's stores on numerous occasions between September 2010 and February.

The allegations included that the franchises employed minors before the earliest permissible hour and after the latest permissible hour, that a minor worked more than the maximum daily work hours allowed under the laws, that the owners employed minors without the necessary work permits and that the owners failed to post all minors' work schedules in the workplace.

Child labor laws in Massachusetts include restrictions on both the occupations in which minors can be employed as well as the hours during which they may work. The law makes it illegal for minors to work past 8 p.m. without adult supervision.

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