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Feds say FLDS construction company broke child labor laws



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HILDALE, Washington County — A construction company in a polygamous southern Utah town faces a federal lawsuit for allegedly violating child labor and wage laws.

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a civil complaint against Phaze Concrete on Tuesday in U.S. District Court, alleging it employed two children under age 16 in hazardous jobs and in construction. The complaint also alleges the company broke federal minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws.

Phaze Concrete, which also did business as Jack Daniel's Construction, is based in Hildale, Utah, which along with bordering Colorado City, Arizona, serves as headquarters for the Fundamentalist LDS Church.

According to its website, Phaze Concrete has worked on government and commercial projects inside and outside Utah.

The labor department sued the FLDS Church in 2015 for allegedly pulling dozens of children under age 13 out of school for weeks to work on a harvest at the Southern Utah Pecan Ranch in Hurricane.

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Dennis Romboy

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