Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Wal-Mart Violates Child Labor Laws

From the NY Times:
Wal-Mart Stores, the nation's largest retailer, has agreed to pay $135,540 to settle federal charges that it violated child labor laws in Connecticut, Arkansas and New Hampshire.

Labor Department officials said most of the 24 violations covered by the settlement involved workers under age 18 operating dangerous machinery, including cardboard balers and chain saws. In the agreement, Wal-Mart denied any wrongdoing.
Wow, that's a fine with some teeth to it. Wal-Mart made 7.6 billion in operating profits last year, which means it'll take them 9.4 minutes to make enough to pay this fine.

Harsh.