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Mass. AG Martha Coakley fines Burger King franchisee for child labor violations

MHC Services LLC, a West Springfield-based company that operates seven franchised Burger King restaurants in Western Massachusetts, has been fined $50,000 for multiple violations of Massachusetts Child Labor Laws, the office of state Attorney General Martha Coakley said Friday.

According to Coakley’s office, minors allegedly worked more hours and later than the state’s labor laws allow.

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“MHC fully cooperated with the attorney general’s investigation,” Coakley’s office said in a press release. “As part of the resolution, MHC has enacted several procedures to ensure future compliance with the Massachusetts wage and hour and child labor laws. MCH also agreed to pay $50,000 in penalties to the Commonwealth.”

Coakley’s office said it received a complaint in September 2011 about allegations of child labor violations at one of the company’s seven Burger Kings. A subsequent audit discovered that there were many occasions when minors employed by MHC worked later than 10 p.m. on school nights and after midnight on weekends, Coakley’s office said.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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