An Alabama automotive plastics supplier is facing more than $47,000 in combined fines from state and federal Department of Labor for hiring a 13-year-old and two 15-year-olds to work at a plant in Alexander City, Ala.
The U.S. Department of Labor also has a federal court order to enforce rules prohibiting minors on the manufacturing floor.
SL Alabama is a supplier of headlights and mirrors for Hyundai vehicles made in Alabama. The state and federal labor agencies said SL Alabama worked with staffing firm JK USA in bringing the three minors into the plant.
"Our investigation found SL Alabama engaged in oppressive child labor by employing young workers under the minimum age of 14 and by employing minors under 16 in a manufacturing occupation," Kenneth Stripling, wage and hour division district director for the U.S. Department of Labor in Alabama, said in a news release. "Employers are responsible for knowing who is working in their facilities, ensuring that those individuals are of legal working age, and that their employment complies with all federal, state and local labor laws."