Teenage employees working at a fast food restaurant like Burger King are not unexpected. But, in some cases, it seems that these companies are a little too lax on child labor laws, allowing their young employees to do work they are not supposed to do.
A McDonald’s franchisee in Santa Ana, California was criticized in February 2022 for allowing underage employees to load and operate indoor trash compactors (via the United States Department of Labor), which cannot only be done by trained employees 18 years of age or older. Another McDonald’s franchisee in Idaho was fined an incredible $50,000 for also allowing young employees to work long hours on school days (via Fox Business). Even Chipotle has been caught up in a similar scandal, with six Massachusetts restaurants having to pay a total of $1.4 million for similar violations, according to the New York Times.
It is because of similar incidents like these that labor law is beginning to focus more and more on the fast food industry and its practices. According to a 2020 article by QSR magazine, there have been discussions about how long a quick-service restaurant worker should work. Whether or not there will be radical changes in the employment of miners in the industry remains to be seen.