For Immediate Release - June 06, 2011

Dunkin Donuts Franchisees Fined Nearly $6,000 for Multiple Child Labor Violations

Violations occurred at locations in Dartmouth, Fall River, Westport and Fairhaven

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.

Timothy E. Cloe, age 44, of Dartmouth, and his business partner Sebastian Agapite, age 46, of Canton, and their five franchise locations, have been fined nearly $6,000 for multiple violations of the state's Child Labor Laws.

"Many teens are trying to balance jobs with their education. Our child labor laws are designed to protect minors from injury and ensure that working time does not unduly interfere with learning. We will continue to enforce these laws to make sure that teens' workplace rights are protected," AG Coakley said.

Responding to complaints, investigators in the AG's Fair Labor Division conducted an audit of the company's records and discovered that on numerous occasions during 2008, the franchises employed minors without work permits. Minors were also working before the earliest permissible hour and after the latest permissible hour and more than the maximum number of daily work hours allowed under the Child Labor Laws.

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 Attorney General's Fair Labor Division works to protect employees from exploitation by an employer; prosecute employers who are failing to follow the Commonwealth's wage and hour laws; and create a level playing field for employers in the Commonwealth. The Division 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 AG's Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465.

The case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Anita V. Maietta and Inspector Celina Dias Pendexter, both of the AG Coakley's Southeastern Massachusetts Fair Labor Division.

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