Baltimore McDonald's fined for violating child labor laws

The US Department of Labor fined a Baltimore County McDonald's franchise owner for child labor violations. Bill Taylor, President of B&D Taylor Inc., which owns the McDonald's on Sweet Air Road in Phoenix, MD, must pay about $30,500 in back wages and child labor penalties.

Taylor's company paid $20,502.05 in back wages to five workers. Two of these workers are still employed with the company. Reports show that the workers were not compensated for overtime. B&D Taylor is also facing $9,900 in penalties for breaching youth employment law -- going beyond the maximum amount of hours a minor is allowed to work, and tasks they can perform. The US Department of Labor reported that some 14-15 year old employees were working longer than three hours on school days and well beyond the cutoff of 9 p.m. during the summer.