Grocery Stores in Iowa Fined for Child Labor
The U.S. Department has fined Hy-Vee, Fareway, and other grocery stores in Iowa and Nebraska nearly $130,000 for violating child labor laws.
Although none are in our immediate area, one Fareway store being fined is in Ottumwa. The report by the department says Hy-Vee was assessed $68,200 for 27 violations at eight stores, while Fareway was assessed nearly $20,000 for 13 violations at seven stores.
The department says the violations included allowing workers under 18 to perform hazardous jobs that are prohibited. That included loading or operating power-driven paper balers, meat slicers, bakery machines, and motor vehicles. No underage workers were injured.