Kaysville Restaurant Fined for Hiring Children

Kaysville Restaurant Fined for Hiring Children

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Labor is fining a Kaysville restaurant nearly $27,000 for employing 22 minors for jobs such as cleaning equipment and delivering doughnuts.

Investigators from the department's Wage and Hour Division say three 16-year-olds cleaned and assembled a power-driven meat slicer and vertical dough mixer at a Tasty's Restaurant in Kaysville.

Child labor regulations prohibit those under 18 from operating or maintaining power-driven meat-processing or bakery machines, said Dean Campbell, district director at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Campbell declined to say why the restaurant was investigated or whether a complaint was filed. He also did not know how much the employees were paid.

Investigators say they found a dozen 12-and 13-year-olds selling doughnuts door-to-door and transporting doughnuts to the locations where they were sold.

Tasty's has appealed the fine. Several calls to Tasty's were not returned Thursday.

There are exemptions to child labor laws that allow minors to work in certain fields, for instance delivering newspapers and acting, Campbell said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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