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SoCal grocery chain fined for teen labor hazards

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The Superior Super Warehouse chain of grocery stores must pay $79,200 in penalties for allowing teenage employees to operate dangerous equipment. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) cited the chain for violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act’s child labor provisions at 33 stores in Southern California.

The DOL uncovered the dangerous conditions during its ongoing crackdown on child labor violations. The chain’s parent company says it will contest the fines.

According to the DOL, the company allegedly violated prohibitions on hazardous activities involving young workers. Specifically, the Wage and Hour Division found that the company allowed minors to operate scrap paper balers, paper box compactors, and power-driven hoisting apparatuses or forklifts.

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