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Child Workers Found On Poultry Company’s Kill Floor AGAIN Despite Teen’s Death: DOL

Mar-Jac Poultry, where a 16-year-old boy was killed last year, is again accused of violating federal labor laws with the alleged teenagers’ hiring in Alabama.

May 21, 2024 | Source: Huffpost | by Nina Golgowski

Child workers were again found working for a poultry plant company that saw a 16-year-old worker die last year after being pulled into a meat processing machine, federal authorities have alleged.

A recent search of Mar-Jac Poultry’s facility in Alabama found several teenagers deboning poultry and cutting carcasses on its kill floor, in violation of federal labor laws, the Labor Department said in a court filing against the company on May 6.

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division “found children younger than eighteen-years-old working on the killing floor hanging live chickens on hooks for slaughter and cutting meat from the carcasses, which is a prohibited hazardous occupation for minors,” the DOL said in a court order demanding a temporary 30-day restraining order against the poultry company.

The underage workers had been employed there for months. All products produced at the facility, up until May 31, are therefore “tainted by child labor” and are “hot goods” under federal labor law, it said in seeking the restraint.