BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor has found
276 violations at 23 independent, rural and small grocery stores in
Alabama and Mississippi.
The violations were of the Fair Labor Standards Act and
investigators determined that 163 employees were owed $66,066 in
They said Wednesday that nine employers have paid $70,285 in
penalties for 62 instances of violating rules on minors' work hours
and hazardous occupations.
Department officials said the independent grocers tended to be
less informed about youth employment, minimum wage and overtime
rules of the fair labor act.
They were also more likely to let minors to use hazardous
equipment and work more hours than are allowed by law.