Pittsburgh McDonald's franchisees fined $57,000 for 'exploiting' children in 13 ... trends now
A husband and wife who own 13 McDonald's franchises in and around Pittsburgh have been fined $57,332 for 'exploiting' 101 children as young as 14 across every one of their restaurants.
John and Kathleen Santonastasso, the owners of Santonastasso Enterprises LLC, violated strict labor laws put in place to protect young teens.
They were found to have allowed 14 and 15-year-olds to work more than three hours and after 7pm on school days, and later than 9pm during the summer.
They also employed children for more than eight hours a day on weekends and more than 18 hours a week during school weeks.
John and Kathleen Santonastasso boasted on Facebook that they operate a 'fun' environment
The couple's luxurious $800,000, four-bed, three-bath mansion in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Even more worrying, one employee under the age of 16 was allowed to illegally operate a deep fryer. The law states that the fryer must be fitted with a special device to automatically lower and raise the baskets before young employees can safely operate it.
Last year, John and Kathleen Santonastasso boasted in a now-deleted Facebook video that they ran a 'people first' company that offered a 'fun' environment, flexibility and the opportunity to earn money for college.
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