Nine Chuck E. Cheese restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area have been fined a total of more than $28,000 for violating federal child labor laws.
The U.S. Labor Department, which announced the fines this week, said teenagers at some of the restaurants were allowed to load and operate trash compactors. At the Chuck E. Cheese pizza parlor in Rohnert Park, minors were allegedly allowed to operate a dough mixer.
In both cases, labor officials said Chuck E. Cheese violated child labor rules.
Chuck E. Cheese’s has paid the civil penalties and instructed underage employees not to operate the machines.
Brenda Holloway is a spokeswoman for the pizza parlors’ parent company, CEC Entertainment Inc. of Irving, Texas. She told the San Francisco Chronicle that Chuck E. Cheese’s had been unaware of certain rules.
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