Fast-food franchisee fined for teens working too long

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JACKSON — The government said an operator of 10 fast-food restaurants has paid a $26,000 penalty for keeping teens on the job for too long.

The Labor Department said 73 teens, who were 14 or 15 years old, worked more than three hours at McDonald's locations on days when school was in session. They also worked more than eight hours when school wasn't in session.

The government said it was a child-labor violation.

The 10 McDonald's restaurants are operated by Stejoca of Jackson.

Investigators also found that some teens worked after 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. during the summer.

The government said the franchisee has adopted a new system that tracks hours worked by certain teenagers.

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