For Immediate Release - May 17, 2011

Dunkin Donuts Franchisees Fined $7,700 for Multiple Child Labor Violations

Violations occurred at locations in Fiskdale, Oxford, Sturbridge and Southbridge

BOSTON - Two Dunkin Donuts franchise owners have been cited and fined for violating Massachusetts child labor laws, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today. James Carafotes, age 54, of Sutton, his business partner Dinart Serpa, age 52, of Beverly, and their five franchise locations, have been fined a total of $7,700 for multiple violations of the state's Child Labor Laws.

In January 2011, the Attorney General's Office received a complaint alleging child labor violations at Carafotes' and Serpa's stores. Investigators conducted an audit of the company's records and discovered that on numerous occasions between September 2010 and February 2011, the franchises employed minors before the earliest permissible hour and after the latest permissible hour. Investigators also discovered an occasion when a minor worked more than the maximum number of daily work hours allowed under the Child Labor Laws. The owners were also cited for employing minors without the necessary work permits and for failing to post all minors' work schedules in the workplace.

The Massachusetts Child Labor Laws include restrictions on both the occupations in which minors may be employed, as well as the hours during which they may work. Another important safeguard in the law makes it illegal for minors to work past 8:00 p.m. without adult supervision. Further information can be found at Attorney General Coakley's youth employment website, www.mass.gov/ago/youthemployment.

The Office of the Attorney General works to protect employees from exploitation by an employer; prosecute employers who are failing to follow the Commonwealth's wage and hour laws; and set a level playing field that the Commonwealth's employers can follow. The office is responsible for enforcing the prevailing wage, minimum wage, payment of wages, overtime, tip pooling, child labor, and Sunday and holiday premium pay laws. Those wishing to report violations of the Commonwealth's labor laws can call the Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465.

The case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Lauren Goldman, and was investigated by Inspector Mary Dullinger, both of the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division.

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