McDonald’s: Protect Young Workers from Abuse and Exploitation

Target: Chris Kempczinski, CEO, McDonald’s

Goal: Ensure no franchises are abusing or exploiting teenage workers for a profit.

A dozen McDonald’s restaurants in North Carolina have been fined over $17,000 for child labor violations. Children as young as 14 were employed illegally by the company. They were forced to work long hours, putting their health and education at risk.

Nearly 40 employees at the fast food locations were between 14 and 15. They were forced to work beyond what is legally allowed by the Fair Labor Standards Act and franchise owners did not keep proper age records. Federal law requires that minors cannot work more than three hours on a school day. This is to ensure that nothing comes in the way of their physical or mental health or interferes with their education.

Far too often, fast food chains are the main culprit behind child labor violations. Minors are paid less, and usually they are unaware of the laws available to protect them, making them an easy target. Employment experience is vital for young people, but they should not be taken advantage of in the process. Demand that McDonald’s hold franchises accountable for child labor abuse.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kempczinski,

Twelve of your chain’s locations in North Carolina were found in violation of federal child labor laws. Children as young as 14 were forced to work long hours, putting their health, safety, and education at risk. Minors cannot work more than three hours on a school day, something your company was found in violation of.

It is vital for young adults to gain experience in the workplace, but it is also vital that their educational opportunities not be discouraged or taken away. I ask that you monitor your franchises and hold them accountable when they are found in violation of federal child labor laws.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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