Chipotle has agreed to pay a $1.3 million fine for more than 13,000 child labor law violations at many of its restaurants in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Attorney General criticized the chain in a statement on Monday for "routinely" violating child labor laws by having teenagers under 18 work without proper work permits, late into the night, and for too many hours per day and week. The restaurant violated child labor laws between 2015 and 2019 at more than 50 locations.
"Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country, and it has a duty to ensure minors are safe working in its restaurants," Attorney General Maura Healey said in the statement. "We hope these citations send a message to other fast food chains and restaurants that they cannot violate our child labor laws and put young people at risk."
The state said this is the largest child labor law penalty in history. The restaurant has also been accused of other labor law violations, such not providing proper time sheets and failing to pay workers on time.
Chipotle has 62 restaurants in Massachusetts.