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Workers Accuse an East Oakland Popeye’s of Child Labor Violations

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Two 17-year old girls working at a Popeye’s in East Oakland have filed labor complaints, alleging abuse, harassment, and work hours that go beyond the legal limit for minors.  (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

Two 17-year old girls working at a Popeye’s in East Oakland have filed labor complaints, alleging harassment and potential violations of child labor law. They say they’ve witnessed violence at work and experienced harassment, and that one 13-year old employee was working longer than the legal limit for minors. At least one state agency is now investigating the complaints.

For labor advocates and fast food employees, this story is just another example of why changes are needed in how the state holds fast food companies accountable for poor working conditions.

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Guest: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED labor correspondent.


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