Dartmouth Dunkin franchise cited for child labor law violations
The owners of a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise at 465 Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth violated state child labor laws more than 1,000 times, leading to a $150,000 citation, Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell’s office has announced.
Four citations were issued against Somerset Donut Express, Inc. d/b/a Dunkin’, along with its owners Robert Mongeon and Catherine Mello, who also have locations in Fall River and Somerset. They were cited for failure to obtain valid work permits; employing minors after 8 p.m. without adult supervision; the employment of 16- or 17-year-olds for more than nine hours in a day; and the employment of minors later than the latest permissible hour of 10 p.m, the Attorney General’s office said.
Somerset Donut Express operates seven stores in Somerset, Fall River, and Dartmouth. .
The Attorney General’s Office began investigating Somerset Donut Express following a complaint that alleged minors were being forced to work in violation of several child labor statutes, the office reported. The investigation uncovered over 1,000 instances in which the state’s child labor laws were allegedly violated, affecting hundreds of employees, the office said.
“Companies who employ young workers must comply with our child labor laws and provide a safe and fair environment for them,” Campbell said in a statement. “My office remains committed to protecting the health and well-being of the state’s youngest workers, ensuring their rights are protected, and that companies are complying with the rules we have in place.”