Utah clothing retailer pays over $84K for child labor and retaliation violations

Utah clothing retailer pays over $84K for child labor and retaliation violations

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SPANISH FORK — Leggings Live — known as Legg-A-Licious — was ordered to pay $84,048 in back wages, penalties and liquidated damages after the U.S Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act at its location in Spanish Fork.

Legg-A-Licious violated a variety of provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act, including overtime, minimum wage, child labor, recordkeeping and anti-retaliation rules, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor. The company employed minors under the age of 14, thus violating child labor requirements, and terminated another worker for reporting the illegal employment of minors.

Legg-A-Licious employed minors to load and unload its merchandise from vehicles and stock the company’s warehouse, according to the news release. This is another violation, as such a job is prohibited for workers under 18 years of age. The company also received a violation for allowing these minors to work more hours than allowed by law.

Additionally, Legg-A-Licious was cited for not paying employees for all the hours they worked during one week, and for not paying overtime when an employee worked more hours than their position entailed, the news release said. Five employees needed to be paid back pay after they worked more than 40 hours and were not paid overtime.

The company was required to pay a total of $42,560 to cover back wages and liquidated damages to six of their employees, including $33,664 that was paid to the employee terminated for reporting child labor violations, the news release said. An additional $41,488 was paid in civil money penalties for violating FLSA child labor provisions.

“Employment standards for minors ensure that they gain a positive work experience that does not interfere with their education, health, and well-being,” Wage and Hour Division District director Kevin Hunt said in the news release. “Child labor violations can be avoided when employers understand the rules. In addition, employees should not have to fear retaliation when they exercise their rights under the law. The Wage and Hour Division will continue to use all available resources to enforce worker protections.”

The U.S. Department of Labor offers resources to help employers understand their responsibilities under federal law. Some resources include:

If you think you might be owed back wages, visit dol.gov/whd/

*Editor's note:The content of this article was taken from a news release sent out by the U.S. Department of Labor. This is not information gathered by KSL.com reporters. *

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Cara MacDonald enjoys both engaging in outdoor recreation and writing about it. Born and raised in Utah, Cara enjoys skiing, rock climbing, hiking and camping. She is passionate about both learning about and experiencing the outdoors, and helping others to learn about and explore nature. She primarily writes Outdoors articles centering around wildlife and nature, highlighting adventure opportunities, and sharing tips and tricks for outdoor recreation.


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