Attorney General Cited Numerous Retail Stores For Child Labor Violations
Boston, MA (CompNewsNetwork) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha
Coakley's Office has issued 31 citations for child labor violations at retail stores in
malls throughout the Commonwealth during the holiday shopping period. The citations
are for a total of 177 violations including stores failing to identify minor employees on
work schedules and employing minors without work permits and past the latest permissible
hour of work. Violations occurred at the Assembly Square Mall in Somerville;
Burlington Mall; Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis; Cambridgeside Galleria in Cambridge; Chestnut
Hill Mall; Eastfield Mall in Springfield; Natick Collection; Silver City Galleria in
Taunton; South Shore Plaza in Braintree; and the Swansea Mall.
"Our office will continue to enforce the state's Child Labor Laws," Attorney General
Coakley said. "These laws are essential to protecting the health and safety of our
teen workers and the people of the Commonwealth."
Investigators found that a significant number of the violations occurred at
Hollister Co., a clothing store owned by Abercrombie & Fitch, at the Cape Cod Mall in
Hyannis. Hollister's Hyannis location was cited for 15 instances of employment of a
16-17 year old minor past 10:00 p.m. On a number of occasions, minors worked
overnight until 5:00 a.m. The Hyannis location was also cited for 37 instances of
employment of a minor without a work permit. Hollister Co. in Hyannis was assessed
nearly $6,000 in child labor penalties. Hollister Co.'s Burlington Mall location was
also found to be employing 57 minors without work permits and was assessed $2,850 in child
The Massachusetts Child Labor Laws include restrictions on both the occupations in which
minors may be employed, as well as the hours during which they may work. The law also
requires employers to ensure that teens have proper work permits prior to beginning work,
and that employers post all minors' work schedules in the workplace.
Amendments to the Child Labor Laws were enacted in 2007 to provide new workplace
protections for minors, including restricting employment of 16 and 17 year olds to 10 p.m.
on nights preceding school. Another important new safeguard in the law makes it
illegal for minors to work past 8 p.m. without adult supervision.
Further information on the Massachusetts Child Labor Laws can be found at the Attorney
General's youth employment website, www.laborlowdown.com, and at the Attorney
General's website, www.mass.gov/ago, in the
Workplace Rights section under Youth Employment. Those wishing to report violations
of the Commonwealth's Wage and Hour laws can contact the Attorney General's Fair
Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465.
The following stores were cited and assessed child labor penalties, ranging from $50 to
approximately $3,000, depending on the number and type of violations found:
Pacific Sunwear Stores, Burlington Mall, Burlington Hollister Co., Burlington
Mall, Burlington Headway Corporate Staffing Services/Christmas Express,
Burlington Mall, Burlington The Stride Rite Corporation, Burlington Mall,
Burlington Au Bon Pain, Burlington Mall, Burlington Aldo Group, Burlington
Mall, Burlington The Children's Place, Burlington Mall, Burlington Lego Brand
Retail, Burlington Mall, Burlington Aeropostale, Silver City Galleria Mall, Taunton
Pacific Sunwear Store, Silver City Galleria Mall, Taunton Best Buy Stores, Silver
City Galleria Mall, Taunton Foot Locker Stores, Silver City Galleria Mall, Taunton
GameStop, inc., Silver City Galleria Mall, Taunton Trans World Entertainment d/b/a
Suncoast, Silver City Galleria Mall, Taunton Things Remembered, Silver City Galleria
Mall, Taunton The Fashion Expo, Silver City Galleria Mall, Taunton Kenzie Kids,
Inc, Chestnut Hill Mall, Newton, MA Shoe Show, Eastfield Mall, Springfield
Burlington Coat Factory, Eastfield Mall, Springfield Brian Gear d/b/a Plato's
Closet, Eastfield Mall, Springfield Pacific Sunwear, Eastfield Mall, Springfield
Pacific Sunwear, South Shore Plaza, Braintree Gymboree, Inc, South Shore Plaza,
Braintree Aeropostale, Cape Cod Mall, Hyannis Pacific Sunwear, Cape Cod Mall,
Hyannis Hollister, Co., Cape Cod Mall, Hyannis Christmas Tree Shop, Assembly Square
Mall, Somerville Puma North America, Natick Collection, Natick Spencer's Gifts,
Natick Collection, Natick Finish Line, Swansea Mall, Swansea KB Toy Store,
Cambridgeside Galleria Mall, Cambridge
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