Mid-South Kroger fined $13K due to child labor law violations

Published: May. 23, 2022 at 1:03 PM CDT
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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (WMC) - A Mid-South Kroger is facing a $13,000 civil penalty to address child labor violations involving four teens, including one as young as 15 years old.

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division says investigators found three teenagers, 16 and 17-year-olds, employed at the Kroger on Goodman Road in Southaven were allowed to load a trash compactor with the keys in the machine to operate it.

A 15-year-old was also allowed to work more than three hours on a school day and more than 18 hours during a school week.

The department says these are all violations of the federal child labor standard.

Kroger is ordered to pay $13,673 to address the violations.

Kroger officials provided the following statement on the issue:

“At Kroger, the safety of our associates and customers is our top priority. This was an isolated incident at one location and once we were made aware of the error, we took immediate action.  We have paid the fine and reaffirmed our processes and standards to make sure this does not occur again in the future.”

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