Meat Processing Plant in Minnesota Sued for Allegedly Hiring Children to Work Hazardous Jobs
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) alleges an investigation uncovered Tony Downs Foods Company hired children to work hazardous jobs at a meat processing facility in southern Minnesota.
The lawsuit filed in court on Wednesday alleges investigators found at least 8 minors who are currently working at the meat processing facility in Madelina, a city 22 miles southwest of Mankato. The children ranged in age from 14 to 17 years old.
In addition to the current minor employees, the DLI identified multiple child labor violations involving employees who are now over 18 years old or no longer work for the company but were employed between January 2021-23, the time frame in which the DLI is focusing its investigation.
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