MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The U.S. Department of Labor has fined three movie theaters with operations in Minnesota for violating child labor laws.READ MORE: Shoplifter Shoots St. Paul Liquor Store Worker Twice, Police Say
Steve Allen is with the department. He said about 160 teenagers were being required to perform hazardous jobs like operating paper balers and trash compactors, operating motor vehicles and using power-driven mixers and baking in theaters owned by three chains.
Marcus Theater Corporation also allowed youth to work beyond permitted hours.
“And what the big issue is that we think this is a systemic problem in the industry,” he said.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Next Dose Of Snow Could Make For Commute Headaches
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Allen said they have launched a strategic enforcement initiative because of the high rate of child labor violations in the industry that relies on young people.
In Minnesota, investigators found violations at the Marcus Theater in Oakdale and the Galaxy 14 in Rochester.MORE NEWS: Archambault Lifts Coyotes Over Tommies 90-79
Marcus Theater Corporation, Regal Cinemas and Wehrenberg Incorporated paid $277,475 in civil penalties.