US Labor Department finds child labor violations at Dunkin’ and McDonald’s locations in Vermont


By Fred Thys, Support VTDigger (VT)

Sep 14 2022


Nine McDonald’s locations in Vermont and New Hampshire and 12 Dunkin’ locations in Vermont have been fined for violations of federal law regulating child labor.


The McDonald’s franchise locations in Barre, Berlin, Rutland, Springfield, Middlebury, Randolph and Bennington, as well as one location in Claremont, New Hampshire, allowed 142 14- and 15-year-olds to work more than the number of hours allowed by federal law, an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department concluded.


In addition, the franchisee, Rutland-based Coughlin Inc, allowed 18 14- and 15-year-olds to use deep-fat fryers not equipped with devices to automatically lift and lower fryer baskets and allowed four minors to use an oven to bake. Two minors suffered burns while performing the work, investigators found.


Coughlin was assessed $109,125 in fines for the violations.


VTDigger was unable to reach the company’s owner, Charles Coughlin, for comment...


... At the 12 Dunkin’ franchises in Essex Junction, St. Albans, Swanton, Shelburne, Burlington, Williston, Morrisville and Milton, 44 14- and 15-year-olds worked more hours than legally permitted, a separate Labor Department investigation found.


Investigators also concluded that the franchisees, Essex Junction-based Vermont Donut Enterprises LLC and related limited-liability companies, allowed 17 14- and 15-year-olds to operate high-speed ovens. Six minors suffered burns while using the ovens, investigators concluded...


... The Dunkin’ franchisees paid $49,756 in fines...